13/10/2020 - Published by


Home Secretary announces funding to the Peace Foundation to form a partnership to improve the services which support 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.

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The Home Secretary has announced a partnership led by the Home Office Victim of Terrorism Unit (VTU).  Four organisations will create 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 will run a 24-hour assessment service which will ensure each person receives tailored help after being impacted by terrorism.

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

Cruse Bereavement will 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 will focus 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 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 Secretary Priti Patel said: “I am determined to make sure that victims of terrorism receive the support they deserve, as soon as they need it.

“This new funding is so important to provide more care and specialist advice to those up and down the country who have suffered trauma as a result of terrorism.”

More information will follow, and the partnership will now work to ensuring people get the support they need.

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You can find out more about the Peace Foundation work in the prevention, resolution and response to violent conflict at www.peace-foundation.org.uk

Pictured :  the new memorial to British Victims of Overseas Terrorism