Support for the professional

SAMM provides training for people who come into contact with those bereaved through homicide. We currently offer this training to Police Officers, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Barristers, Probation Officers, Schools and many other organisations.

Included in this training is:

  • Stress and how it affects the bereaved.
  • Stages of grief and normal/abnormal reactions to grief.
  • The effects of bereavement by Homicide.
  • Trauma and its effects on those bereaved through homicide.
  • What bereaved families want/need from the professionals.
  • Challenging judgemental attitudes.

Challenging Judgemental attitudes

We facilitate looking at our own attitudes and judgements towards others. We all make judgments about people we see and come into contact with and many of us have preconceived ideas about why people get murdered.

Stress and how it affects the bereaved

The definition of stress and how stress affects people who have been traumatically bereaved. How stress affects us mentally, physically and emotionally. Why agencies dealing with the bereaved need to be aware of the effects of stress on concentration.

We explain about the importance of repeating information and also leaving written information for the family.

Stages of grief and normal and abnormal reactions to grief

Why people can appear to do and say bizarre things. Individual reactions to grief and how to deal with this. Looking at how men and women grieve differently. Financial implications of homicide. Complications of grief. Access to the body and the effects on families if there is a delay in having the funeral.

The effects of bereavement by homicide

How families deal with multiple post mortems (sometimes as many as 5 or more), access to their loved ones body, the trial, appeals, parole hearings and acquittals. How families perceive the justice system and agencies.


How the mind deals with traumatic memories and the implications of trauma for agencies dealing with the bereaved family. Research findings on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in bereaved families, and increased anxiety.

Police and other agencies

What the family need from the police and other agencies. The importance of the Police Family Liaison Officer in the process of the investigation and support of the family.


How dealing with multiple emotions can be exhausting for the bereaved and complicate the process for agencies.


Why communication with the bereaved is fraught with difficulties. If agencies are not aware of this then things can go badly wrong. Misunderstandings can escalate into major problems/complaints.

These are some comments from evaluation forms we have received after we have facilitated police training courses.

Q: How did you find the content of the SAMM input on your course?"

"One of the most intensive, informative inputs I have had in my 20 year police career."
"Very informative and well structured."
"Excellent - probably the most useful so far."
"Very informative, helpful and honest."

Q:Was there anything we should have done differently?

"No. I feel your own life experiences being expressed will never be forgotten and will always help us do our role much better."

Q: Do you think our input will help you in your role as an FLO?

"Yes, definitely and more so as an officer."
"Definitely - personal experiences described really helped."
"Absolutely privileged to hear personal experiences."
"Yes, greater understanding in the depths to which victims feel and the avenues they travel."

Please contact the SAMM office on
0121 472 2912 or use the 'Contact Us' form.