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

Victims First can provide support for victims and witnesses of terrorism.

On 20th June, a terrorist attack was committed in Forbury Gardens, Reading.   If you have been affected, Victims First can provide you with emotional and practical support.  

For support please call our Freephone number 0300 1234 148 or make an online referral and a member of our team will contact you.

Reading organisation Support U, which specialises in supporting those from LGBTQ communities, is also providing support to people affected. You can contact them on 0118 321 9111 or through their website

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.