Victim Support responds to Finsbury Park attack anniversary
19 June 2018
Caroline Birkett, Major Incident Lead for London at independent charity Victim Support said:
Last year alone we had contact with more than 1,400 survivors of terrorist attacks from Westminster through to Parsons Green. We are still supporting survivors and witnesses of the Finsbury Park attack today and we are also still receiving new requests for support as recently as this week.
Following the Manchester and London attacks, requests for support from victims of racially or religiously aggravated crimes went up 48%. The impact of these hate crimes can be significant as they are personal and targeted, and can leave people feeling unsafe and extremely vulnerable.
We would urge anyone who has been affected by the Finsbury Park attack, or by racially or religiously aggravated crimes to get in touch. We are here to offer practical help and emotional support to anyone affected.
Following the Finsbury Park attack we have worked closely with the local community to provide information and support to victims – including face to face support at Finsbury Park Mosque and the Muslim Welfare House in the weeks that followed.
Anyone seeking help can contact Victim Support on their free 24/7 Supportline number – 0808 16 89 111 or via the website (www.victimsupport.org.uk)
If you would like to donate to support victims of terrorism you can do so through Victim Support’s One UK Appeal online – or text to donate: OUKA18 £3 to 70070
Download Victim Support’s report ‘Responding to Terror Attacks’.
For more information please contact the Victim Support press office on 020 7268 0202 or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org)