Brian Sims
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Government funding extended to support victims of terrorism

VICTIMS AND survivors of terrorist attacks will continue to receive the practical and emotional support they need as the Government announces further funding delivery to four separate organisations.

Cruse Bereavement Support, the Peace Foundation, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Victim Support have all been supported by central Government funding since October 2020.

Backed by this funding, these organisations have been able to set up a 24/7 support line, offer mental health assessments and referrals, provide bereavement support and establish long-term peer support networks.

The funding extension will ensure that all victims of terrorism can continue to access these support services, regardless of when the attack happened.

Home Secretary Priti Patel commented: “We recognise the victims of terror attacks can be affected in more ways than many of us could ever contemplate.

The continuation of funding will ensure those affected by terrorist attacks can be provided with a broad range of practical and emotional support in their attempt to work through these traumatic events.”

Horrific episodes

This year marks the fifth anniversary of several horrific terrorist attacks that took place in 2017.

The Home Office’s Victims of Terrorism Unit recognises a victim to be anyone affected by a terrorist attack, whether that be someone who has suffered physical, mental or emotional harm, those who have been bereaved (including extended family members), witnesses and first responders to the scene of the incident.

The services are available to anyone affected by an attack in the UK or those returning to the UK following a terrorist attack overseas.

Victim Support runs a 24/7 support line to provide victims with immediate, practical and easily accessible support. The organisation can be contacted on 0808 1689 111 or via live chat.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s service focuses on outreach, screening, assessment and onwards referral for psychological treatments.

Cruse Bereavement Support provides bereavement support for victims who are not currently eligible to receive support under the Homicide Service.

The Peace Foundation facilitates a long-term peer support network for victims of terrorism and provides one-to-one casework support.

*Further information about the support services available to victims can be found online at victimsofterrorism.campaign.gov.uk

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