Support After Homicide

About us

We are a national voluntary organisation which provides emotional support and practical information to people whose lives have been affected by homicide. It is a free confidential service provided by trained volunteers nationwide.

The death of someone close to you through a violent crime is a devastating and traumatic experience. Sudden, unexpected death brings particular distress to the bereaved families. Talking to an experienced volunteer outside the family can be helpful. When someone has been bereaved by homicide they can often feel lonely, frightened and truly feel that no one understands. Talking confidentially to someone who understands can help. Dealing with multiple emotions can be exhausting for the bereaved. We offer non judgemental compassionate support which can help you realise that you are not alone with your pain and distress.

We offer emotional support and practical information.

We understand how difficult it can be sorting out the practicalities while you are coping with the shock and trauma of losing someone suddenly. Our team of specially trained volunteers provide:

  • One to one support
  • Family support
  • Support groups

We also provide group therapy

Support for the Bereaved

When somebody has been bereaved by homicide they can often feel that no one understands their pain and grief. Sharing their story confidentially can help them.

Our volunteers can assist you with the family problems that can be created as a result of the homicide. We can help the bereaved to understand the many intense emotional responses they experience.

To help bereaved feel empowered and help them to access accurate information.

Homicide Support

Support after Homicide is a national voluntary organisation which provides emotional support and practical information to people whose lives have been affected by homicide. This is a free and confidential service, provided by professionally trained volunteers and is funded by the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime.

Support after Homicide (SAH) was formally launched in 1996. We respond to the particular needs of families bereaved by homicide. Our specially trained volunteers do this by giving one-to-one support, to people in their own homes or an alternative venue, whatever suits.

We also give practical information regarding inquests, the trial, meeting with the legal team, applying for compensation and other processes which are particular to a death by homicide. Should you wish one of our volunteers to call you simply ring 087 983 7322 and we will arrange for one of our volunteers to contact you.

Testimonials

 
“To have someone unrelated to us who understood our desperation and loss was great comfort and help. She understood our feelings from every angle and is obviously a very experienced and caring person.”
Thank you very, very much. Mary
“I received excellent service and Iam very greatful.”
Thank you John
“I got great support. The counsellor was fantasic they helped me and got me to where I am today. Without their help I would have been lost. I cannot thank them enough. I was blassed to have them they were great. A very special thank you to my counsellor how helped me through a very hard time. My counsellor help me greatly.” Kate
“As our tragedy occured in a foreign country the only offer of support we got was from SAH and I am very greatful for this. My counsellor helped me greatly.” Mary
“Telling people the way the body reacted to shock. Because I thought I was going mad only for this was explained to me very well. Now when things happen to me like forgetting things and other things I know is all part of the grief.” Marie
“The service that you provide to myself was second to none. Without the help I received when we need it most. I’ll never forget the loss of my son, but the pain eases with time and prayer. Thank you most sincerely.” Catherine
“I felt that the service covered everything that I need and reailly helped me to come to terms with what happened and give me the strenght to carry on with my life.” Paul
“The only support I would have got during my whole ordeal was the help I got from Support After Homicide. I have to say it was SAH that was there with me. Its very good, because I literally wouln’t have known who to turn to” ….Marian.
“Emotional support is fine, but there is the practical support I got from SAH as well. I mean, I had difficulty with all the forms to fill in…Things like the death certificate and the compensation forms as well” ….Patrick
“When you are trying to sleep at night its amazing how things pop into your head and you can be distraught. Talking about this with my counsellor from SAH helped me enormously.”…Edel

 

Call Us

If you feel we can help. Please call.

087 983 7322 - 7 Days a Week

Email;

support@supportafterhomicide.ie