Relief & Recovery

Bourke Street incident – November 2018

A terrorism event occurred on the afternoon of Friday, 9 November 2018 on Bourke Street near the intersection of Swanston Street.

Information on recovering from this incident can be found here: www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/community/health-support-services/Pages/bourke-street-incident-friday-9-november.aspx

The Bourke Street attack may trigger different emotional, physical and psychological reactions in Victorians who were directly and indirectly impacted. These feelings are normal and on most occasions, will subside within a few weeks as part of the body’s natural healing and recovery process.

There are strategies you can use to cope with these strong feelings, including accepting that you have had a distressing or frightening experience, rest, exercise and talking with friends, family and other community members. You can find more strategies at www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/ConditionsAndTreatments/trauma-reaction-and-recovery.

If you or a loved one need some extra support during this time, there are many places you can go to for help. Depending on the challenges you are experiencing, you can speak with your local doctor, a mental health professional or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Anyone directly impacted by this tragic event should call the Victim Support Helpline on 1800 819 817.

Victoria Police is continuing its investigation and if members of the public have images or video footage that may assist Victoria Police with their investigation into the incident, they are encouraged to upload them here https://vpupload.fotoware.com.au/.

Members of the public who witnessed the event and wish to make a statement are asked to attend Melbourne West Police Station at 313 Spencer Street, Melbourne. Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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