Hostage International offers independent emotional and practical support to families affected by a loved one held hostage, and to returning hostages.

We offer ongoing and tailored support through a dedicated team, many with direct experience of being held hostage or having a loved one kidnapped.

We believe that no one should suffer alone from this terrible crime and are committed to improving understanding about the plight of hostages and returning hostages.



Our range of services enable families and former hostages to receive high-quality support during and after a kidnapping. Our primary service is our free and confidential family and hostage support service for former hostages and their families. Our education and advocacy services support organisations in fulfilling their family support responsibilities and enable them to hear the family voice and consider their needs.


Based on our experience of supporting hundreds of families for many years, these information pages will give you a comprehensive overview of the considerations you should take if a family member or employee is affected by a kidnap, or if you are returning from captivity.


Our free resources provide a general overview of kidnapping, while our in-depth and downloadable guides cater to families, former hostages and organisations. Our videos consist of interviews with former hostages and family members who reflect on their experience and what helped them, as well as specialists which provide advice on specific areas of support.