Today is the Bishop’s of England and Wales Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse. This is observed annually on the Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter.  Today is a day of prayer for those who have been abused, in a season of hope and new life.


Prayer for Healing and Reconciliation

Praise to you Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
the source of all consolation and hope.
Be the refuge and guardian of all
who suffer from abuse and violence.
Comfort them and send healing
for their wounds of the body, soul and spirit.
Help us all and make us one with you
in your love for justice
as we deepen our respect for the dignity of every human life.
Giver of peace, make us one in celebrating
your praise, both now and forever.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.


If you have experienced abuse and would like to speak to someone about this please contact:

The Safeguarding Office – We are here to listen to you and take any concerns that you share with us seriously.  Please call the office on 01364 645430 between Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm for a confidential conversation.

Safe Spaces – A free and independent support service for anyone who has experienced abuse, however long ago, in relation to the Church of England, the Church in Wales or the Catholic Church of England and Wales.
Telephone – 0300 303 1056 between Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, apart from Thursday when the service is open 12pm-8pm.
A live chat service can be accessed via

You can also visit the Safeguarding pages of the diocesan website to find contact details for local and national services that can support you: