Terrorist attacks are sudden and unpredictable and generally calculated to create a climate of fear or terror among the public.
A terror attack can lead to an ongoing feeling of insecurity.
You might be exposed to repetitive and disturbing media images and accounts of the event. This means there may be ‘hiddenʼ victims — people who have been affected but weren't directly caught up in the attacks.
Impact of terrorism on victims and families
The process of coming to terms with serious injuries can be complex and varied, and may involve a range of reactions and emotions.
Some people can suffer from prolonged, severe, debilitating and overwhelming symptoms, such as depression and an inability to cope with daily life.
People’s feelings and reactions are not static and can change from day to day.
If you're seriously injured in a terrorist attack, you might need long-term medical treatment, suffer employment issues and have issues around dependence and independence if you can't initially manage as you did previously.
People who are bereaved are likely to be affected emotionally, psychologically, practically and financially.
What to do if you're caught up in a terrorist attack
Getting help through Victim Support
Support for international visitors after a terrorist attack
- Metropolitan Police — staying safe from terrorism
- National Counter Terrorism Security Office Advice
- A list of British Consulates
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office — reduce your risk from terrorism while abroad
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office — what to do if you’re affected by a crisis overseas
- Foreign and Commonwealth Office — Exceptional Assistance Measures
- Foundation for Peace
- British Red Cross: how to prepare in case of a terrorist attack
- HM Government support for victims of terrorism