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.

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.

You may be in a territory with a British Consulate that can offer help and support while you’re abroad. A contact list can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Foreign Office may offer assistance to British citizens who encounter a terrorist incident overseas and their families. This can include medical evacuation, payment of immediate medical expenses and costs involved with returning to the UK.

More information on this can be found on the Foreign Office website.

You might also be entitled to compensation if you find yourself involved in a terror attack abroad.

Victim Support can offer help and advice when contacting any agencies you may need to approach.

  • Escape if you can by considering the safest options.
  • If you cannot find a way to escape then hide.
  • Call 999.

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office offers further advice on their website.

We can give you the support and information you need to move forward after a terrorist attack.

It’s normal to experience a range of emotions, such as distress, grief, and anxiety after an attack has taken place. If you have travelled abroad then these feelings might not go away after you return to the UK. However you’re feeling or wherever the attack took place, you can talk to us in complete confidence. We can help, whether or not you reported the crime to the police.

Most people who are affected by crime want to talk to someone about what has happened and how they’re feeling. Friends and family can be very helpful, but our support workers are specially trained to listen and understand. We can also give useful information to help you deal with some of the problems a crime has caused and we can offer practical help too.

We can also support you with practical help, such as contacting any relevant agencies or your behalf and helping you access any compensation you might be entitled to.

You can contact us for support in a number of ways:

If English is not your first language and you would like some support, call our Supportline and let us know which language you speak, and we will call you back with an interpreter as soon as possible. We also welcome calls via Next Generation Text on 18001 08 08 16 89 111.

If you’re a foreign tourist or visitor and have been affected by a terrorist attack in England and Wales then we can offer support to you during your stay.

All our services are available to visitors to this country for the duration of your time here. However, our services are only available in England and Wales, so we cannot continue to give support after your return home to another country.