Dealing with the death of a loved one is always difficult, but a murder poses special problems. You may need to find a support group or grief counsellor. You may be entitled to financial compensation due to the nature of the crime, but need information on how to apply to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal.
You may have issues with your Garda Family Liaison Officer, or you may wish to contact the Office of the DPP regarding the prosecution or the pre-trial meeting. You may have legal queries and be unsure what your rights are. Following a conviction you may wish to be informed when the status of the prisoner is under review for parole.
Although information on many of these topics is already available on the Web, we at AdVIC have collated this information at www.advic.ie to simplify your search and answer many of your questions.
We do not accept that bureaucracy should hamper families in the midst of the most traumatic experience of their lives. Nor do we believe that the sense of helplessness commonly experienced following a homicide should be compounded by a lack of access to information.
AdVIC members have compiled relevant information on the various agencies that families may need to deal with following the homicide. This information is by no means exhaustive, and if you feel you have valuable information that should be included in this page, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org as together we can make a difference for families of homicide victims.
Over the last few years, AdVIC has kept in regular contact with many of those agencies, and has direct contact with key personnel within An Garda Siochana (Family Liaison Officer Division), the Office of the DPP, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal, the Courts Service and The Irish Prison Services (Victim Liaison Officer).
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have queries or difficulties with any of those agencies, we will always endeavour to help you in any way we can.