Hurt By Abuse
The Hurt By Abuse Project is a pilot project started here in the Diocese of Hallam and is due to be rolled out across the UK in 2016.
The project provides a helpline for those within Catholic Communities who are being or have been abused. We can provide a listening ear and facilitate contact with other useful pathways of support.
Our commitment can be found here: Something Inside So Strong.
The Hurt By Abuse Project contact phone number is 0750 235 3226.
While we search for a new Facilitator (please see the vacancies page), any calls to this number will be picked up by the Safeguarding Office and diverted appropriately,
If you are calling and wish to talk about abuse, you do not have to give identity details either of yourself, or the person or persons who hurt you.
You may want to withhold your identity until you feel safe....
We know that asking for support can sometimes feel frightening. You may never have spoken about what happened to you before, or you may have reached out for help only to be met with disbelief, suspicion, blame, embarrassment, someone taking control or other responses that were unhelpful. We believe that you have a right to take your time, to go at your pace and that trust is something that can grow if we get it right for you. We understand that you have a right to make your safety your priority.
You can withhold your number by dialling 141 before you dial my number, but remember that I would not be able to return your call. You can’t withhold your number if you use text or your email address.
You may be comfortable giving your name but can use a false name when you contact us the first time, if that helps.
Someone will always respond to the messages or emails unless you say that you do not want a response.
Developing a better understanding of the impact of sexual abuse in childhood on adults.
The myths and stereotypes surrounding abuse.
As a form of continuous evaluation, we invite you to give us your views about the project and to comment on any aspect of safeguarding or our work to support people hurt by abuse.
We ask that if you have received support either via the HBA project or the Safeguarding Office, please print off a detailed questionnaire here.
If you have not received support either via the HBA project or the Safeguarding Office but would like to comment, a general questionnaire can be found here.
The Goddard Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is now launched and a report will be expected by 2020. For further details about the Terms of Reference and how the Catholic Church will be involved, please link directly to the website at www.csa-inquiry.independent.gov.uk, which provides a very clear explanation of the enquiry and the processes surrounding it, especially the evidence gathering structures, and the victims and survivors consultative panel.
Please see link for developments with Goddard Inquiry announced on the 11th November 2015.
A letter from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the Conference of Religious states “As a Church in these countries, we acknowledge our history in the arena of child sexual abuse; but we also have a compelling story to tell of how we have addressed these issues through our safeguarding reviews by Lord Nolan and Baroness Cumberledge and the ongoing work of the NCSC and CSAS.”
The Safeguarding Commission is aware that the enquiry may raise issues for many individuals within our communities, and invites contact with the Safeguarding Officer or the Hurt by Abuse helpline for anyone who has any queries or concerns. We will provide further information as the enquiry proceeds. Lisa Markham has already addressed the Trustees about some possible implications.
If you have any ideas for seminar topics you would find helpful or would like to have considered, please contact Jo Pearson, the Safeguarding Administrator, on 0114 256 6453 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org .