Helpline and support: victims of terrorism

Updated 31 March 2023

If you feel that you, or someone you know, needs support following a terrorist attack, emotional and practical support is available for you.

You can also access information about coping with the anniversary of a terrorist attack.

Victim Support

Speak to Victim Support first by contacting their free 24/7 support line on 0808 168 9111, or on live chat by visiting

The Home Office funds 3 organisations as part of a victim and survivor pathway to help victims and survivors cope with, and recover from, the impact and consequences of a terrorist attack.

  • Victim Support - conducts terror incident needs assessments (TINA) for each survivor - they refer individuals on to the following services if appropriate
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLAM) – provides clinical mental health assessments and onward referral for those affected by terrorism
  • Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation – facilitates a long-term, peer support network to help victims and survivors of terrorism support each other

More about the victim and survivor pathway

All victims and survivors are first referred, or can self-refer, to Victim Support. Victim Support conducts a terror incident needs assessment (TINA) to make sure all the individual’s needs are identified and addressed.

The victim or survivor owns the TINA and takes it with them as they access each support organisation in the pathway, so that they don’t have to repeat their story.

These support services are available for victims or survivors of attacks in the UK, or when returning to the UK following an attack overseas, as well as those affected by historic attacks who would benefit from more support.

The pathway is only one potential route to support. It does not replace the support already provided by these or other organisations.