This moving video was made before we changed our name from SAMM Abroad to Murdered Abroad, but the sentiment and the powerful messages still apply. Thank you to Always A Chance for creating this video and for supporting our work.
Murdered Abroad was previously called SAMM Abroad which was founded in 2001.
Murdered Abroad exists specially for people in the UK whose loved ones are the victims of murder or manslaughter abroad.
We are a support group. We are also an action group, working for change within the UK to improve the support families receive after their loved one is murdered abroad.
Murdered Abroad is funded by donations and fundraising.
Murdered Abroad is an independent charity and is not funded by any Government office or agency.
We provide emotional support through:
Four support meetings each year, open to all members
Putting members in touch with each other; particularly after murders in the same country
A phoneline members can call to talk about anything (0845 123 2384)
Email support available at all times from email@example.com
Membership of Murdered Abroad is free and open to anyone in the UK who has been bereaved by murder or manslaughter abroad. Any information provided on this form will be treated in the strictest of confidence and will be processed securely in line with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the GDPR.
Foreign & Commowealth Office (FCO)
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has published a number of guides offering information and advice following the murder, manslaughter or death in suspicious circumstances of British citizens in the following countries:
The guides cover comprehensive details of topics such as: Post-mortems (autopsies); Organ retention; Burial or Cremation and Repatriation; Police Investigations; Local Judicial Process.
You may be asked if you want your loved one's remains to be buried or cremated abroad. The repatriation of your loved one's body to the UK will trigger a UK Inquest. If your loved one is cremated or buried abroad this will not happen.
This can be a difficult choice if your loved one loved the country where they were murdered, lived there or has family there (so burial abroad is preferred) but you also want to get as much information as possible to help get justice and answers after your loved one's murder.
While cost may be a major consideration, it must be realised that failure to repatriate will almost certainly mean that there will be no further investigative work undertaken by UK authorities into the cause or manner of death. It is advisable to check whether repatriation costs can be reclaimed in full, or in part, under personal or travel Insurance policies. As a guide, repatriation costs are likely to be in the order of £4,000 from European countries rising to significantly more, when further afield. The most expensive areas are China, South America and Japan.
If you, your friends, or family have lost a loved one through murder or manslaughter ("homicide") abroad, you will need a good understanding of how the British Coronial system works.
First and foremost, you should realise that unless the body of the deceased is repatriated to the UK, and not buried or cremated in the country of the death, the British Coroner will not be able to investigate the death.
The Coroner’s role is purely inquisitive - it is not judgemental, it has nothing to do with blame. However the Coroner’s job is very much in line with the objectives of most victim’s families, and that is to find out the truth surrounding the death. So it is best to establish a good working relationship with the Coroner and his or her staff.
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UK Government & UK Parliament
How to find your MP (Member of Parliament): parliament.uk
How to find your MEP (Member of the European Parliament): europarl.org.uk
Contact your Councillors, MP, MEPs, MSPs, or Northern Ireland, Welsh and London AMs for free: writetothem.com
Find out what your MP is doing in your name, read debates and sign up for email alerts: theyworkforyou.com
The 1861 Offences Against the Person Act stipulates that “where any murder or manslaughter shall be committed on land out of the United Kingdom … by any subject of Her Majesty [it] may be dealt with, inquired of, tried, determined, and punished … in England or Ireland”.
A lack of forensic testing around the cause of death in many parts of the developing world and even the European Union may preclude an adequate police investigation. As a result, leverage from the bereaved family and UK coroners may bring about a UK police investigation conducted abroad.
The UK police face many other potential challenges and pitfalls in carrying out overseas investigations. Aside from cultural differences and language barriers, UK police officers deal with an array of judicial processes and varying standards of policing practice. In much of the developing world, for instance, there will be little or no access to computers, DNA or fingerprinting assets; across the globe, penalties for and definitions of offences will vary.
There are also challenges in managing relationships not only with local police and international institutions (for example, Interpol and Europol) but also those UK government bodies that will have an involvement, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Victim Support Homicide Service, and coroners.