Bereaved by Homicide: Living with what’s happened

Understanding what is happening to you, the effects of shock and grief, and how to find help and support for yourself and for your family/whānau.

New Zealand


Victim Support


Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

Homicide Victims’ Support Group Australia

The Queensland Homicide Victims’ Support Group

Cruse Bereavement Care UK

We are all hurting: grieving with your family/whānau

New Zealand


Work and Income

The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust

Free phone for carers 0800 472 637 ext. 1

See also: Information for the community (jumplink)


The Homicide Victims’ Support Group Australia

GriefSpeaks USA

Winston’s Wish UK

National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children (USA)

Counselling can help

Beating the Blues

Support and advocacy organisations

 Some people bereaved by homicide find being in touch with others in a similar situation or taking some positive action based on their experience has proved helpful, for themselves and for others.

New Zealand

Victim Support

Victim Support has volunteers who train to be there for people faced with a difficult situation. See link or call 0800 865 868.

Connect through the Homicide Support Groups and newsletter.

‘Exploring the Needs of Families of Homicide Victims’ 2011, research done for Victim Support, shares individuals’ experiences around the trauma of homicide. The appendices include a Families of homicide victims literature review.


Skylight works hard to highlight the real voices, and needs, of hurting and grieving people, of all ages and stages. Skylight takes up opportunities to advocate for awareness and systemic change at national government, local government and organisation levels, to ensure the availability of grief support in communities where it is absent.  

Skylight has a range of resources they can make available written by and for people who have experience of trauma, including homicide.  

The Victims Centre Network

This centre has a key objective to strengthen inter-agency collaboration and coordination to improve services for victims and develop a Victims Code. Register for their newsletter with information on victims’ rights legislation, services and service improvements, research and new policy developments affecting victims. 

Red Raincoat Trust

This trust was established to help form a support network throughout the Country for the victims of Homicide. 

White Heart Victims Remembrance Trust

This trust's focus is “to show the effects of tragic events and crime on victims and their families and from that loss build a better future for our children to enjoy.”


 Brake aims to help those who are bereaved or injured in a road crash.  Brake provides information and advice to people who care for road crash victims.

Sophie Elliot Foundation

This foundation supports violence prevention through education, awareness and empowerment of young women

The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust

This trust provides support, practical help and information from those who have been there. The trust aims to provide support services that help to reduce stress, promote and preserve the wellbeing of families/whānau and maximise stability in the lives of grandparents, kincarers and children in circumstances where the children are not being raised by their parents. Free phone for carers 0800 472 637 ext. 1.

The Campaign for Action on Family Violence - Are you ok?

This campaign provides information about family violence, what it is, where to get help and how you can help if you know someone affected by family violence.

Rethinking Crime and Punishment

 This is a strategic initiative to raise the level of public debate about the use of prison and alternative forms of punishment in New Zealand.
JustSpeak is its youth branch.

Sensible Sentencing

This organisation is a non-profit and non-partisan organisation, run by volunteers, that seeks to bring about positive changes that support a New Zealand safe from crime.

International support networks 

Support After Murder and Manslaughter UK SAMM

This is a national UK charity supporting families bereaved by Murder and Manslaughter.

Homicide Victims’ Support Group (Aust) Inc

This group was formed in 1993 to provide support, counselling and information for families and friends affected by homicide in NSW. They have three main aims: support, education, reform.

The Queensland Homicide Victims’ Support Group (QHVSG)

This group offers emotional support, personal advocacy and information to all people affected by homicide throughout Queensland.


This web-based service is for family and friends of homicide victims, with practical, compassionate information and resources to survivors of homicide across Australia.

Winston's Wish

This is the leading UK childhood bereavement charity and the largest provider of services to bereaved children, young people and their families. They offer practical support and guidance to families, professionals and anyone concerned about a grieving child.

Wills World

This website is dedicated to the memory of William Benjamin Jenkins, a sixteen year-old homicide victim. Created by William’s father Bill, author of the book “What to do when the police leave?” this website has links to other resources for the bereaved.


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