24/05/2021 - Published by


Home Secretary announces the continuation of funding to the Peace Foundation peer-to-peer service supporting victims of terrorism in the United Kingdom.

The Peace Foundation’s UK-wide service will focus on providing a long-term peer support network for victims of terrorism, connecting them to others who have had similar experiences.

The Home Secretary established a partnership in October 2020, led by the Home Office Victim of Terrorism Unit (VTU).  Four organisations formed a national partnership to draw on their expertise to provide a range of specialist advice and support to individuals who have experienced a terrorist attack, either in the UK or abroad.

Victim Support run a 24-hour assessment service ensuing tailored help after being impacted by terrorism.

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust provide specialist clinical mental health screening and therapy.

Cruse Bereavement provide specialist bereavement support for victims who would not otherwise be eligible through the existing Homicide Service, such as witnesses and first responders.

The Peace Foundation’s UK-wide service focuses on providing a long-term peer support network for victims of terrorism, connecting them to others who have had similar experiences.

Nick Taylor, Chief Executive, The Peace Foundation said: “Over two decades we have developed a unique peer-to-peer approach to help people share their experiences, receive specialist advice, and improve health and wellbeing.

“This continuation of Home Office funding is welcome and helps secure the Peace Foundation service and, along with the other victim support partner organisations, will strengthen the support available for those people affected by terrorism.”

Home office announcement here:

Home Office
24 MAY 2021                          0300 123 3535

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday 24 May

Further £500,000 to support victims of terrorism

Four organisations who provide practical and emotional support to those affected by terror attacks will receive a share of £500,000, the Home Office has announced today.

Cruse Bereavement Care, the Peace Foundation, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Victim Support will each receive £125,000 to ensure a range of victims’ needs are supported. This builds upon the £500,000 originally awarded to these organisations last year.

Since these services were launched in October 2020, they have provided vital support to those affected by terror attacks. The additional funding will mean that victims can continue to access support, including a 24/7 national contact centre and caseworker support, mental health and bereavement services, and facilitated peer support.

We recognise a victim as anyone who has suffered harm, including those who have been injured by, witnesses to, bereaved, responded to or otherwise affected by a terrorist attack. These services will support those affected by domestic and overseas terrorist attacks, and their family members.

Home Secretary, Priti Patel, said: “Victims can be affected by terrorist attacks in more ways than many of us could ever imagine.

“This funding extension ensures those affected by a terrorist attack in the UK or abroad can access the range of support they need and deserve.”

The Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales, Dame Vera Baird QC, said: “Terror attacks can have a profound and life-changing impact on victims and their families and victims can often have complex needs, which include long-term counselling and support. We need to make sure that when the TV cameras disappear, victims and survivors get the right support they need to rebuild their lives and recover from their injuries.

“I welcome this extension of Home Office funding, which will help strengthen the range of specialist support available for victims and survivors of terror.”

Cruse Bereavement Care provide bereavement support for victims not eligible for support under the Homicide Service, while South London and Maudsley NHS Trust’s service focusses on outreach, screening, and (where indicated) assessment and onwards referrals for psychological treatments.

Victim Support run a 24/7 National Contact Centre to provide victims with consistent and easily accessible support and the Peace Foundation facilitates a long-term peer support network for victims of terrorism.

The Home Secretary has also committed to reviewing the wider support package available to victims of terrorism.

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For more information about the service people should contact support@peace-foundation.org.uk