The Foreign & Commonwealth Office promotes the United Kingdom’s interests overseas and supports citizens and businesses around the globe. They are responsible for supporting British nationals around the world through modern and efficient consular services – including victims of crime overseas.

Meeting Date: 28 February 2017

Matters Discussed:

Supporting Victims of Crime Overseas

The Victims’ Commissioner (VC) met the Director for Consular Services in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) to discuss how the government’s Consular Services overseas works with other government departments and agencies in the UK, to support victims of crime overseas.

The FCO’s consular services assist British nationals travelling, living or working overseas when they are most in need. Details of the support they provide can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-british-nationals-abroad-a-guide

The FCO’s consular assistance includes enhanced family support in cases of murder or manslaughter of British nationals overseas; and a dedicated joint FCO-Home Office unit which works with victims of forced marriage.

It also provides active support to victims of rape and sexual assault overseas, which includes signposting to specialist support in the UK.

The VC was particularly keen to learn more about systems through which the FCO’s consular services referred victims to local victim support services in the UK.

The VC and the Director agreed to remain in regular contact.