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ACPO
Association of Chief Police Officers

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) was a not-for-profit organisation that led the development of policing practices in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. It was replaced by the NPCC in 2015.
 

AAFDA
Advocacy After Fatal Domestic Abuse

Founded by Frank Mullane in memory of his sister Julia Pemberton and her son Will who were both killed by her partner.

AAFDA specialises in guiding families through Inquiries including Domestic Homicide Reviews and Mental Health Reviews, and assist with and represent on Inquests, Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) inquiries and other reviews.

http://aafda.org.uk/


APPG
All-Party Parliamentary Group

APPGs are informal cross-party groups run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords.

ASSIST Trauma Care
A specialist, not-for-profit organisation offering therapeutic help to adults and children, individuals and families, affected by a wide range of traumatic occurrences, including traumatic bereavement through homicide.

http://assisttraumacare.org.uk/ 


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CC
Chief Constable

Chief constable is the rank used by the chief police officer of every regional police force in the UK except for the City of London Police and Metropolitan Police who are led by commissioners.


CJS
Criminal Justice System (UK)

 

Coroner
A coroner (in England and Wales) is an independent judicial office holder, appointed by a local council. Coroners investigate deaths that have been reported to them if it appears that:
•     the death was violent or unnatural
•     the cause of death is unknown, or
•     the person died in prison, police custody, or another type of state detention.
In these cases coroners must investigate to find out, for the benefit of bereaved people and for official records, who has died and how, when, and where they died. 

 

CPS
Crown Prosecution Service (England & Wales)

The Crown Prosecution Service was set up in 1986 to prosecute criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. 

 


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FCO
Foreign & Commonwealth Office


FLACSS
Family Liaison and Co-ordination of Support Services (UK Police)
 

FLO
Family Liaison Officer (UK Police)


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HoC
House of Commons

 

Homicide
The term “homicide” covers the offences of murder, manslaughter and infanticide.


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Inquest
An inquest is a public court hearing held by the coroner in order to establish who died and how, when and where the death occurred.
 


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JAA
Justice After Acquittal

JAA is a campaigning/support group formed in 2006 which is dedicated to increasing the legal rights of, and improving support for, victims’ families which have suffered the double injustice of murder and unjust acquittal.

http://jaa-campaign.org.uk/


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KnifeCrimes.org
KnifeCrimes.Org is an online knife, gun and gang related information resource aimed at violence reduction, and fewer Victims by changing attitudes. 

It is a national registered charity providing peer support to families and friends affected by serious violent crime or bereaved as a result of homicide.  

http://www.knifecrimes.org/


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Lobbying
To lobby is to make the case for a particular policy, cause or group directly to a government minister or a member of either House with the aim of influencing their decisions.


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MAMAA
Mothers Against Murder And Aggression

Established in 1993, MAMAA is a national, registered charity that aims to provide an all inclusive practical/emotional support and advocacy service to those affected by serious violent crime and homicide.

http://www.mamaa.org/


MoJ
Ministry of Justice
 

MoU
Memorandum of Understanding


MP
Member of Parliament


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NCA
National Crime Agency

The NCA tackles serious and organised crime, strengthens our borders, fights fraud and cyber crime, and protects children and young people from sexual abuse and exploitation.  

http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/

 

Needs Assessment
The process of finding out what people need to help them cope and recover from the impact of crime.

 

NPCC
National Police Chiefs' Council

The NPCC brings police forces in the UK together to help policing coordinate operations, reform, improve and provide value for money.

http://www.npcc.police.uk/

NVA
National Victims' Association

The National Victims' Association, formerly the North of England Victims’ Association (NEVA), was founded in 1992 by David Hines from Jarrow whose 23 year old daughter Marie had been murdered by her former partner, Anthony Davison. The NVA provides advocacy, advice, counselling, peer support and respite events to families bereaved through murder or manslaughter.

http://www.victimsfirst.org.uk/


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Parliamentary Question (PQ)
A Parliamentary Question (PQ) is a question put formally to a government minister about a matter they are responsible for by an MP or a member of the Lords. PQs may be asked orally - during ministerial question time in either Chamber - or in writing. They are used to seek information or to press for action from the Government. 

 

PCCs
Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were elected for the second time on the 5th of May 2016 in 40 force areas across England and Wales. Every force area is represented by a PCC, except Greater Manchester and London, where PCC responsibilities lie with the Mayor.

The role of the PCCs is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account. They are responsible for the totality of policing.


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Repatriation
The process of transporting a body back to their own country after they have been killed in a foreign country.


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SAMMM / SAMM Merseyside
Support After Murder & Manslaughter Merseyside

SAMMM was founded in 1994 and is run by and for the people who have been bereaved as a result of a murder or manslaughter.

http://samm-merseyside.org.uk/

 

SIO
Senior Investigating Officer (UK Police)

 

 


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VC
Victims' Commissioner

http://victimscommissioner.org.uk/

VSA
Victims' Services Alliance

The Victims’ Services Alliance is a national network of 68 third sector agencies that are committed to working together to improve services to victims of crime, their families and others who have been affected.

http://www.victimservices.org.uk/

VSHS
Victim Support's Homicide Service


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