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If You Are The Victim Of A Crime

For All Crimes

Consuls can:

  • Contact your relatives and friends and let them know what has happened if that is what you want.
  • Ask them to help you with money or tickets.
  • Tell you how to transfer funds.
  • At most Posts (in an emergency) advance up to £100 in local currency against a sterling cheque supported by a valid cheque guarantee card.
  • As a last resort and provided certain strict criteria are met, make a repayable loan to return you to the UK.
BUT Consuls cannot:

  • Investigate a crime or give legal advice.
  • Pay your hotel, legal, medical or travel costs.
  • Get better treatment for you in hospital than is provided for local nationals.
  • Intervene in court cases.
  • Investigate the crime.
See also Crime FAQs

If you have been the victim of a crime overseas, or a friend or relative has been the victim of violent death, you may not want or need to talk to anyone outside your family and friends. But if you do, remember that help and advice is also available in the UK:

  • SAMM (Support after Murder and Manslaughter)
    Cranmer House
    39 Brixton Rd
    London SW9 6DZ
    Tel: 020 7735 3838
  • Rape Crisis Line
    Centres throughout the UK
    Tel: 020 7837 1600
  • Your local GP
  • Cruse - Bereavement Care
    126 Sheen Rd
    Richmond
    Surrey TW9 1UR
    Tel: 020 8332 7227
  • The Home Office also produces a useful pack called 'Information for Families of Homicide Victims'. This is available from your local police station or you can telephone 020 7273 2066 to order a free copy.
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