Resources for Victims and Survivors
Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with either the Church of England or the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
Although the churches have funded the service, it is run independently by the charity Victim Support, who are one of the leading charities providing specialist support to survivors of abuse in England and Wales.
It comprises a team of trained support advocates who have undergone specialist training in supporting survivors of sexual violence and who have received additional specific training in how the churches respond to abuse cases, the way in which faith and church-related settings have been used to carry out abuse, and the particular issues affecting people who have had or still have, a relationship with the church.
Telephone, Live Chat, Email and Website
A telephone helpline and live chat facility is available from Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm, apart from Thursdays when the service is open 12 – 8pm.
0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times)
Further background information can be found in this download by the charity providing the free, independent service.
NORTHAMPTON HEALING AND RECONCILIATION REFERENCE GROUP
Northampton Diocese is keen to improve the way that we respond to and engage with those hurt by abuse. Following the December (2018) Safeguarding Commission meeting, a victims and survivors working group was formed and during 2019, two of the group’s initiatives came into fruition. These included; ‘A Time to Listen’, whereby those hurt by abuse can make an appointment to meet with the Bishop of Northampton and also our first Diocesan Mass for victims and survivors, their families, friends and supporters and anyone hurt by any form of abuse, was held in October.
The Diocesan Prayer for Healing and Reconciliation that was used at this mass can be downloaded here
This working group recently renamed the ‘Healing and Reconciliation Reference Group’, is supported by two survivors and is now working on a ‘Healing Strategy’.
The following statement has been produced by a survivor in order to promote the work of this group.
“I am a victim and survivor who was inspired by attending the Grief to Grace retreat shown on this web page. The events that took place there made me believe it was possible to heal, and to help others who had suffered in a similar way to me. I don’t believe anyone can fully heal without help from others. That is why I find the help and support I receive from the Healing and Reconciliation Group invaluable.
The group has wise and experienced members who make the journey of healing possible; together with the other functions they perform, they have helped me on my journey towards healing. My contribution is to bring my victim/survivor perspective to questions the group are asked to deal with, provide practical information on the Grief to Grace retreat. I urge my fellow victims and survivors to consider getting involved with this group: you will definitely get back more than you give.”
The Diocese is keen to recruit new members, including survivors of abuse to join this working group. If you would like to join, or if you have any suggestions, ideas, comments or feedback please complete the form below and we will get back to you.
HURT BY ABUSE?
The following downloadable leaflets have been prepared by the Survivors Advisory Panel:
How to respond, listen to and support victims and survivors of abuse
For Religious Communities
Privacy Notice for victims and survivors who report abuse within the diocese
A TIME TO LISTEN
This is part of Bishop’s initiative to improve the way that the Diocese responds to, and engages with, victims and survivors of abuse. Bishop David Oakley is available to meet with anyone affected by abuse, as a victim, survivor, their families or supporters, where private discussions can take place in a safe and non judgmental environment. Bishop David has ensured that he is able to meet with people affected by abuse on a bi-monthly basis or more frequently, depending on your request. These sessions can be accessed through our safeguarding office on 01604 723514 or email@example.com.
Click here to download Bishop David’s ‘A Time to Listen’ poster.
GRIEF TO GRACE
Grief to Grace is a specialised 5-day programme of spiritual and psychological healing for anyone who has suffered sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual abuse in childhood, adolescence or adulthood, including those who are the victims of a member of the clergy. For more information, please visit: https://www.grieftograceuk.org/.
THE TRUTH PROJECT
The Truth Project allows victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experiences with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was set up in 2015 to investigate organisations and institutions that have failed to protect children from sexual abuse. Those who wish to take part can attend a private session at one of our offices across England or Wales to share their experience with a member of the Inquiry. Their accounts are not tested, challenged, or contradicted. The information supplied is anonymised and will be considered by the Chair and Panel members when reaching their conclusions and making recommendations for the future. As part of the Truth Project, victims and survivors will be given an opportunity to write a message to be published together with the Inquiry’s annual reports. To find our more please visit The Truth Project Website.
USEFUL CONTACTS AND LINKS
Spirituality Network: Marie Heath – Co-ordinator 01234 888858 / firstname.lastname@example.org
CEOP: https://www.ceop.police.uk/ceop-reporting/ (CEOP is a law enforcement agency and can be use to keep children and young people safe from sexual exploitation and abuse, you can use this website to report abuse).
NCSC: 07779 984942 / http://catholicsafeguarding.org.uk/ email@example.com
CSAS: 020 7901 1920 / https://www.csas.uk.net/
NSPCC: 0808 800 5000 / www.nspcc.org.uk
Child Line: 0800 1111 / www.childline.org.uk
Stop it Now Helpline: 0808 1000 900
Hourglass (formerly Action on Elder Abuse): 0808 808 8141 / www.wearehourglass.org
Age UK: 0800 055 6112 / www.ageuk.org.uk
Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 / www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk
Domestic Abuse: Bright Sky www.hestia.org/brightsky and download the free app.
Cedar (Catholics Experiencing Domestic Abuse Resources): 0808 2000 247 / www.cedar.uk.net
Family Action 020 7254 6251 / www.family-action.org.uk
NAPAC: 0808 801 0331 / https://napac.org.uk/
The Survivors Trust: 08088 010818 / https://www.thesurvivorstrust. org/
SurvivorsUK: 02035983898 / https://www.survivorsuk.org/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Samaritans: 116 123 / https://www.samaritans.org/
MACSAS: 08088 01 03 40 / www.macsas.org.uk
Thirtyoneeight: 0303 003 11 11 / https://thirtyoneeight.org/
Aylesbury Vale and Milton Keynes Sexual Assault and Abuse Support Service: https://avmksaass.org.uk/
Local Social Services:
Northampton: Child and Adult 0300 126 1000
Bedfordshire: Child 0300 300 8585 / Adult 0300 300 8122
Buckinghamshire: Child 01296 383 962 / Adult 0800 137 915
Berkshire: Child 01753 875362 / Adult 01753 475111
To contact the Police in an emergency call 999 or other enquires 101