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Murdered Abroad

Murdered Abroad

Contact details:
0845 123 2384
support@murdered-abroad.org.uk

Website
http://www.murdered-abroad.org.uk

Murdered Abroad (formerly SAMM Abroad) exists especially for people in the UK whose loved ones are the victims of murder or manslaughter overseas. Murdered Abroad is run by volunteers who have each personally experienced this tragedy.

Our Peer Support

SAMM Abroad was set up in 2001 and became a Registered Charity No. 1111724 in 2005. As a self-help group, our strength lies in regular telephone/email contact and our members getting together at quarterly regional meetings, thus preventing the isolation that families feel following a homicide, and allowing the exchange of ideas and experiences whilst supporting each other. Membership is confidential and all information is kept in strict confidence. We operate a dedicated telephone support Helpline. Few victims’ families have ever previously experienced dealing with foreign police, legal and judicial systems, with language and cultural issues, at the same time as coping with the most extreme personal grief and possible financial difficulties. Distance, time differences, communication delays, and inadequate communication channels all add to the intolerable burden on families. The practical information, guidance and peer support that we provide in the weeks, months and years following a death, all help our member families to survive their traumatic loss.

Our Campaigning

Over the last 15 years we have engaged with all the relevant statutory agencies, FCO, ACPO, UK Police, MOJ, Coroners, and individual Parliamentarians about the problems our members are facing. Our campaigning has been successful. We fed into Coronial Reform, successfully opposing the removal of mandatory inquests after a murder abroad when the victim is repatriated. We were instrumental in the development of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that puts in place basic best practice. After years of work and discussions, the MoU was signed off in 2012 by ACPO (on behalf of UK Police), the FCO, and the Coroners’ Society. We also recommended that the FCO set up a specialist Homicide Unit and the dedicated Murder and Manslaughter Team is now in place at the FCO.