Message from our patron
"For over 30 years, INQUEST - has been supporting families of those who die in prison, psychiatric hospital, police cells or following contact with the police. Because of its expertise on contentious deaths it is widely consulted by Parliamentarians, lawyers, policy makers and the public.
INQUEST guides families through the lengthy investigation and inquest process, its unique and specialist casework service providing free ongoing support.
The charity can help families find a lawyer so that questions and concerns about a death can be raised - in the hope that other deaths are prevented. Without this families can find themselves isolated and alone at an inquest while government funded lawyers are there to represent the interests of the prison and police service.
My family once needed the charity’s help and I can tell you we were very grateful, others feel the same.
Following sudden, unnatural deaths such as those in custody, at work, in hospital, or on public transport, a coroners’ inquest is often the only opportunity a family has to ask questions about how their relative died. The charity has an Inquest Handbook available for any bereaved family that explains the whole process.
The small dedicated team at INQUEST helps over 400 families each year providing a vital service at a deeply traumatic time.
You can make a donation now by clicking here. Just £10 per month can help us support a bereaved family and continue to work for truth and justice."
‘At the time of the tragedy, I had no idea of what to do or who to turn to. By luck, I found yourselves and contacted you, the rest as we say is history. On behalf of [my brother's] family, friends and myself I would just like to thank you so much for your professional support and advice during that difficult period and without that help, I do not think we would be where we are today.’
– Brother of a man who died in police custody