Victims of Crime

Being the victim of a crime in a foreign country can be a devastating and traumatic experience.  While no one can undo the emotional trauma, physical injury, or financial loss you may have experienced, the U.S. Embassy in London or the Consulate General in Edinburgh or the Consulate General in Belfast is ready to help.  We are very concerned about violent crimes committed against U.S. citizens in the United Kingdom.  We will assist you in managing the practical consequences of being a crime victim and provide you with information about accessing the local criminal justice system, as well as other resources for crime victims abroad and the United States.  We can assist you to find appropriate medical care, contact family or friends on your behalf, and explain how funds can be transferred.  We can also help you to better understand the criminal justice system in the United Kingdom.

The information included in the following guide relating to the legal requirements in the United Kingdom is provided for general information purposes only.  The information may not always be authoritative or relevant to a particular case.  Questions involving interpretation of British laws should be addressed to legal counsel licensed to practice law in the United Kingdom. The investigation and prosecution of the crime is solely the responsibility of local authorities.  The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) may be able to assist local authorities in certain cases of kidnapping, hostage-taking, and terrorism.

If you believe you are the victim of a scam, please see our dedicated webpage: Internet Scams – They’re Everywhere, How to Avoid Them.

For more details please see Information for U.S. Victims of Crime in the United Kingdom (PDF, 24 pages).