Jeremy Browne Launches Initiative to Help Families of Murder Victims Abroad
As Minister responsible for Consular Affairs, Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne launched a new Foreign Office initiative to provide support and assistance for families of people who have been murdered overseas. Nearly 6,000 British nationals die abroad each year and around 60 of those are the victims of a murder or manslaughter.
The Foreign Office is working in partnership with the Victim Support National Homicide Service to ensure that families get the practical support they need to deal with the added trauma, complications and costs when a relative is murdered abroad.
To help families cover the exceptional and additional costs if a murder occurs overseas, the Foreign Office is providing a £100,000 annual grant to Victim Support to commission services on behalf of bereaved families.
This will enable them to expand the range of services they can provide to bereaved families such as travel costs, translation and interpreting services and repatriation costs.
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Jeremy Browne said:
“Dealing with the death of a family member who has been murdered abroad is an extremely traumatic experience. I have met the families of victims and decided that the government should improve its service to help people in these terrible circumstances.
“I am pleased that we are now providing more practical and emotional support for families bereaved by a murder abroad and are working closely with the Victim Support’s National Homicide Service to improve the assistance available.” Visit welshlabourmeps.org.uk for more…