Last December in Missouri, heavily pregnant Bobbie Jo Stinnett was strangled and her eight-month-old foetus was cut from her with a kitchen knife. Lisa Montgomery was accused of Bobbie's murder and is currently awaiting trial. If convicted she could face the death penalty.
Crimes such as these are extremely rare. However, if you've been affected by a violent crime, the following organisations offer advice and support.
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Support After Murder or Manslaughter (SAMM)
A self-help group who offer understanding and support to families and friends who have been bereaved as a result of murder and manslaughter. You can call their helpline on 020 7735 3838 on Mondays to Fridays 9am to 5pm, where your call will be answered by someone who has suffered a similar tragedy. Their website is at www.samm.org.uk.
Provides help and information for anyone who has been affected by a crime including violence or sexual assault. It doesn't matter when the crime took place or what type of crime it was. You might not want to involve the police but want someone to listen to how you feel. If you do want to go to the police, they can help you deal with this and can accompany you at court. Call them on 0845 30 30 900 on Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm or Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 7pm. You can also e-mail them on firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit their website at www.victimsupport.org.