Media Release: Sri Lanka Attacks
Easter Sunday saw another terror attack. At least 290 people in Sri Lanka were killed when churches and hotels were hit by a series of explosions. The Sri Lankan government have not yet announced who was behind these attacks. Whilst the world awaits news updates, we must consider what we can do to help, even if our input is very minimal. After attacks such as these, people will feel a range of emotions, including sadness, anger, uncertainty and fear. Although extreme violence in public places is rare, people often feel that major attacks are increasingly common, that there is nothing that can be done, and seek someone to blame. This can lead to reprisals and further pain.
As an organisation, The Asia Pacific Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (APATAP) recommend that people talk to one another, listen to one another, and vocalise how they feel. As always, members of our organisation, as well as psychologists, counsellors and other professionals, are standing ready to provide advice and guidance.
Members of APATAP support and develop both the study and management of threats. We look for evidence-based solutions to the prevention of violence based on hatred. We also seek to help people make sense of the aftermath of attacks, and the follow on effects such as further attacks, reprisals and hate speech.
If you notice any suspicious activity, please report what you have seen or heard directly to your local authorities. If you need personal support, get in touch with psychological services in your area. Refer to your local authorities for any updates and changes to the threat level in your region.
Here is a link to useful fact sheets on the Australian Government's 'Living Safe Together' website where you can access tailored information, advice and support for health professionals regarding radicalisation to violent extremism.For 24/7 support in Sri Lanka contact CCCline on 1333.
For 24/7 support in Australia contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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