What is terrorism?

Terrorism is the use or threat of action, both in and outside of the UK, designed to influence any international government organisation or to intimidate the public.  It is also for the purpose of advancing a political, religious, racial or ideological cause.

Examples include:

  • serious violence against a person or damage to property,
  • endangering a person's life (other than that of the person committing the action),
  • creating a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or a section of the public,
  • action designed to seriously interfere with or seriously to disrupt an electronic system.

Support for victims of terrorism


Forbury Gardens

A service has been developed to support individuals affected by the terrorist incident which took place in Forbury Gardens, Reading on 20th June.  The incident resulted in fatalities and serious injuries of those directly involved and affected the lives of many more who were at the scene as well as their family and friends.   

The Forbury Gardens Service is provided by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Traumatic Stress Service and Victims First and uses a proactive approach to reach out to those who are affected by the incident and identify if there is any further support that is required. 

For further information about the service and how to access it, please visit our Forbury Gardens Service page. 

If you've been affected by any other terrorist incident and need support, please contact us on 0300 1234 148.

Additional information

A government leaflet is also available detailing Support for people affected by terrorist attacks in the UK

You can report anything suspicious to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 or report your suspicions online. In an emergency, call 999.