Similar to an offline terror attack, even when no one suffers physical harm cyber attacks cause immediate anxiety, stress and raised cortisol levels. In the longer term they can instil fear and affect psychological wellbeing, e.g. the disclosure of confidential data can cause significant distress and can affect personal and work relationships. Again, similar to offline terrorism, education and counselling can aid recovery and help individuals to become resilient to cyber threats, but in extreme cases psychological interventions may be necessary.
List of organisations and services
If you’ve been affected by crime and would like support, please send us your details and someone from your local victim care team will contact you within three working days. Victim Support will always protect your confidentiality and will not pass on your personal details or any other information that could identify you without your permission, unless we believe you or someone else is at risk of harm.
Local support for each county – victim care team in Dorset on 0300 3030 163
Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crim.
ECVCU is team of specialist advocates working within the City of London Police that supports people who have fallen victim to fraud and cyber crime, with the aim being to make them feel safer and reduce the possibility of them becoming a repeat victim.
Victims of Internet Crime (mainly dating/image sharing/stalking)