In the year ending March 2016, police recorded 571 homicides in England and Wales.
Last year our Homicide Service supported more than 1,416 people bereaved by murder and manslaughter in England and Wales. We have a unique agreement with police forces who inform us when a death has occurred and a murder or manslaughter investigation is underway. In this way, we can assign a dedicated caseworker to support anyone bereaved by homicide.
We have an identical arrangement with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in relation to the murder of British citizens abroad. No personal details are shared with us until the victims of this crime give their consent, but working with police and the FCO provides us with an early opportunity to look at the immediate practical and emotional needs of the victims.