Assistance for Victims of the Tribeca Truck Attack
The FBI’s New York Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and the New York Police Department (NYPD) are investigating the truck attack that occurred in the Tribeca neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York on October 31, 2017. Crimes can have a devastating effect on victims and their families who may need assistance coping with the impact. Providing information and assistance to victims of the attack is an important part of our work.
The FBI is legally mandated to identify victims of federal crimes that it investigates and provide these victims with information, assistance services, and resources. The FBI’s Victim Services Division (VSD) is uniquely suited to provide emergency assistance to victims of domestic and international terrorism and mass violence crimes due to its national and international scope and extensive experience in responding to victims of these crimes.
If you were injured in or witnessed the truck attack in Tribeca, you may be eligible for certain services and rights, including special funding to provide emergency assistance, crime victim compensation, and counseling. Additional information about these resources can be found at website links listed below.
If you need further information, please e-mail the FBI’s Victim Services Division for any victim inquiries. Please note that this e-mail is for victims of the truck attack in Tribeca, not for tips or leads.
If you have information about the attack, please call the tip line at 1-800-CALL-FBI, or submit a tip electronically at www.fbi.gov/nyctribeca.
New York State Office of Victim Services
Individuals who were injured and their family members—and the family members of those individuals who were killed—in the October 31, 2017 terrorist attack in Manhattan may be eligible for help from the New York State Office of Victim Services (OVS). The agency provides eligible individuals with compensation for medical bills and other crime-related expenses.
The Office of Victim Services can help with:
- Medical and counseling expenses
- Burial and funeral costs
- Occupational or vocational rehabilitation
- Lost or damage of essential personal property
- Lost wages or support
Victims and family members are not required to be residents of New York State to be eligible for help. Individuals can connect with the Office of Victim Services by:
Safe Horizon is a non-profit victim assistance organization in New York City (with offices in all five boroughs) that helps victims of all types of crime, including family members of homicide victims. Safe Horizon staff are available to meet with individuals and family members who may have been impacted by the terrorist attack in Manhattan on October 31. The organization's services are client-centered and trauma-informed.
Safe Horizon can help with:
- Crisis counseling and other supportive services to help individuals heal from trauma;
- Ongoing supportive counseling;
- Assistance with advocating various systems as needed;
- Concrete assistance such as metro cards or emergency assistance to meet immediate needs;
- Information about options and services;
- Referrals to other programs or resources as needed.
Safe Horizon services are free of charge. Individuals can connect with Safe Horizon by calling the Crime Victims Hotline at 866-689-HELP (4357).
Safe Horizon staff members are available 24 hours, seven days a week.
Electronic Versions of Key Resources
- Coping After Terrorism for Injured Survivors
- Coping After Terrorism for Survivors
- Practical Ideas for Coping with Trauma
- Help for Victims of Crime Brochure
- Description of the Federal Criminal Justice Process
- Parent Tips for Helping Preschool-Age Children After Disasters
- Parent Tips for Helping School-Age Children After Disasters
- After a Crisis: Helping Young Children Heal
- Helping Young Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
- Helping School-Age Children with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
- Helping Teens with Traumatic Grief: Tips for Caregivers
- Parent Tips for Helping Adolescents After Disasters
- Guiding Adults in Talking to Children About Death and Attending Services