When family, friends and those closest are unable to help with the enormity of the aftermath of the homicide and the process of mourning, homicide bereavement counselling can help.


  • Helps to get the homicide into perspective for the bereaved and to accept the reality of their loss
  • Helps the bereaved to deal with many of the family problems created by the homicide
  • Helps the bereaved to work through the pain and grief
  • Helps to improve the self worth of those receiving counselling
  • Creates a space where the bereaved feel safe to talk about the events surrounding the homicide, the homicide itself and most especially their deepest feelings around these.
  • Helps people to understand why they are reacting in a certain way to the homicide and enable them to adjust their reactions where necessary.
  • Provides information, reassurance, sharing and acceptance to the bereaved by being supportive and educational
  • Helps the bereaved to feel empowered to seek more information, if needed about the homicide and its aftermath and to adjust to an environment in which their loved one is missing

AdVIC provides this service free of charge and all counsellors are accredited and have received specialised training in homicide trauma.


Contact Marie at 1800 852 000 or 01 518 0816, or by email at

Any contact you have with AdVIC is strictly confidential.

Private Counsellors and Psychotherapists

If you wish to avail of other counselling, The Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy provides a nationwide directory of accredited counsellors and are also a referral database for Counsellors. They act as a link between those who are looking for counselling and those who provide counselling and will advise you of details of the counselling service provided by their accredited counsellors nearest to you.

The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
First Floor, Marina House
11-13 Clarence Street
Dun Laoghaire
Co Dublin

Tel: 01 2303536


Barnardos provides Bereavement counselling for children
For further information, please contact:
Hyde Square
654 South Circular Road
Dublin 8.
Tel: (01) 473 2110
Open Mon – Fri 10am – 12 noon
Fax: (01) 453 0300


Tusla Child & Family Agency

The Child and Family Agency was established on the 1st January 2014 and is now the dedicated State agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. It represents the most comprehensive reform of child protection, early intervention and family support services ever undertaken in Ireland. It is an ambitious move which brings together some 4,000 staff and an operational budget of over €600m.

  • The Child and Family Agency’s services include a range of universal and targeted services:
  • Child protection and welfare services
  • Educational Welfare Services
  • Psychological Services
  • Alternative care
  • Family and Locally-based Community Supports
  • Early Years Services
  • Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence Services

Tusla – Child and Family Agency,
The Brunel Building,
Heuston South Quarter,
Saint John’s Road West,
Dublin 8.
D08 X01F
Phone: 01 7718500


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Do you need to speak to someone for help coping with a homicide or to arrange counselling services?

If so, please call us on (01) 518 0816 or email

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