Information for bereaved families and friends following murder or culpable homicide

Information and guidance for families and friends who have lost someone to murder or culpable homicide, providing information throughout the criminal proceedings process.


This information pack was originally written in 2004 by the Victims of Crime branch of the Scottish Government, with help and advice throughout from a working group of representatives from support organisations and criminal justice agencies. This group comprised representatives of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (including Victim Information and Advice), People Experiencing Trauma and Loss (PETAL), the police, the Scottish Courts Service, Social Work, and Victim Support Scotland (VSS). Individual families bereaved by murder also commented on the pack.

Contributions were also made by officials across the Scottish Government, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The pack has been updated in consultation with these key stakeholders.


Email: Gillian Lacey

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