Victims of Terrorism
doc. PhDr. Ludmila Čírtková, CSc., dr. h. c.
Police Academy of the Czech Republic in Prague, Faculty of Security Management
Department of Social Science
This article is focused on the psychological aspects of victimization and aid to the victims of terrorism. The fact that victims were victimized as representatives or symbols of the state or society, generates the specifics of victimization. The author solves the question of the basis for differences in handling the mental consequences of victimization between victims of terrorism and victims of standard crimes. It summarizes specific approaches to psychological intervention for the victims of terrorism. Handling the impacts of a terrorist attack is illustrated as a case study.
Keywords: victims of terrorism, resilience, disorders of posttraumatic spectrum, crisis intervention.