Crime abroad: support

Last updated: 21 May 2018

If you're affected by a crime while you're abroad and want it to be investigated, in most countries you must report the crime before you leave the country. You might also need to report the crime to make a claim on your travel insurance.

If you're still abroad

Find your nearest British embassy, commission or consulate to get help if you're a British citizen and you're a victim of crime abroad.

Dealing with a crisis abroad

GOV.UK has advice on what to do if you're affected by a crisis abroad, including:

  • a terrorist attack
  • major political unrest

Visit GOV.UK for advice if you're affected by a crisis overseas.

Compensation

You can usually apply for compensation if you're a UK resident and have been injured because of a crime that took place in another country.

Visit GOV.UK to read more about applying for compensation if you're a victim of crime abroad.

Further help and advice

Visit GOV.UK to read more on help if you're a victim of crime abroad.

You'll also find specific information and guidance for the following crimes:

Support if you're affected by crime

Victim Support Scotland can give you practical and emotional support when you get home.

It may also be able to put you in contact with overseas support organisations.

Victim Support Scotland
Telephone: 0345 603 9213
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Email: info@victimsupportsco.org.uk