Safeguarding

Caring for those in our care

Help and support for victims and survivors

You might be looking at this page because something has happened to you, and you are looking for help and support. It can be really difficult to speak out about abuse, as it can feel scary or overwhelming to share your experiences, and you may not have felt able to tell anyone before.

It is your decision as to who you share your experience with. If you contact the Safeguarding Office you will be heard and supported. We will take any concerns you share seriously, as we appreciate how hard it can be talk about what has happened to you.

You can contact the Safeguarding Office Monday to Friday between 9am – 5pm for a confidential conversation.  Our phone number is 01364 645430.

We also understand that you may prefer to speak to someone else, especially if you were hurt by a member of the church.  Please find below contact details for some organisations that may be of help to you.

If, however, the matter requires an immediate response then contact should be made directly with the Police:

Police Emergency – Telephone: 999
Police Non Emergency Number – Telephone: 101
Devon and Cornwall Police
Dorset Police

National Organisations

Safe Spaces – Is a free and independent support service for anyone who has experienced abuse in relation to the Church of England, the Church in Wales or the Catholic Church of England and Wales. This could be abuse by someone who holds any role at the church or is linked to participating in a church-led activity or group.

If you have been affected, however long ago, Safe Spaces can provide you with support. You do not have to have told the police or the church authorities, and you do not have to still be involved with the church. Your information will not be shared without your consent unless you or someone else is in immediate danger.

The Safe Spaces team is available through its helpline and live chat service between Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, apart from Thursday when the service is open 12pm-8pm.
Telephone: 0300 303 1056
Email: safespaces@victimsupport.org.uk

ChildineFree and confidential help and advice service for anyone under the age of 19.
Telephone: 0800 1111 (24 hours, 7 days a week)

GalopSupporting LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence.
Telephone:  0800 999 5428 (LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline. Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm, and Wednesday and Thursday, 10am – 8pm)

Hourglass (Formerly Action on Elder Abuse)A charity that works to challenge and prevent the abuse of older people.
Telephone: 0808 808 8141 (24 hours, 7 days a week)

MankindHelp and support for male victims of domestic abuse and domestic violence.
Telephone: 01823 334244 (Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm)

Medaille TrustProvides refuge and freedom from modern slavery.
Telephone: 0800 069 9916 (24 hours, 7 days a week)

Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors (MACSAS)Supports women and men who have been sexually abused, as children or adults,
by ministers, clergy or others under the guise of the Church.
Telephone: 08088 010340 (Saturday, 9am – 11:30am and Wednesday, 7pm – 9:30pm)

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)Offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse.
Telephone: 0808 801 0331 (Monday to Thursday, 10am – 9pm, and Friday, 10am – 6pm)

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)The UK’s leading children’s charity.
Telephone: 0808 800 5000 (Monday to Friday, 8am – 10pm, and 9am – 6pm at the weekends)

RefugeHelp for women and children experiencing domestic abuse/violence.
Telephone:
0808 2000 247 (24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline)

ReplenishedSupport for those who have experienced abuse and trauma in a religious context.
Telephone: 07746 153703 (Monday and Tuesday, 9am – 5pm)

RespectHelpline for male victims of domestic abuse.
Telephone: 0808 801 0327 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm)

Stop It NowUK wide charity dedicated solely to preventing child sexual abuse.
Telephone: 0808 1000 900 (Monday to Thursday, 9am – 9pm, and Friday, 9am – 5pm)

Women’s AidCharity for women and children who are living with domestic abuse.

Local Organisations

 

Devon

Devon Domestic Abuse Support Services (Splitz Support Services)Support for adult victims of domestic abuse.
Telephone: 0345 155 1074 (Monday to Friday, 9:30am – 4:30pm)

Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse ServicesConfidential, professional support for survivors of rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse in Devon.
Telephone: 01392 204174 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6pm – 9pm.)

MomentumSupport for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. 
Telephone: 07773 151080 (Monday to Friday, 9am – midday)

North Devon Against Domestic AbuseTemporary refuge for families, single women and children.
Telephone: 01392 370079 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5:30pm)

Plymouth Domestic Abuse Services (PDAS)Provides support, advice and protection for all victims of domestic abuse.
Telephone: 0800 458 2558 (Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm, and Wednesday, 8am – 8pm)

SAFE FoundationSupporting families to recover from the trauma of domestic violence and abuse. 
Telephone: 03030 300112 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm)

Sexual Abuse Listening Therapy (SALT) South WestPlymouth based charity who provide a listening therapy for female (aged 16+) survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Telephone: 01752 600599

Survivors Alliance North Devon (SAND)Specialist counselling service for adults who have experienced sexual abuse or rape, and their non-offending family members.
Telephone: 07763 617693

Torbay Domestic Abuse Service (TDAS)Provide practical, non-judgemental support, advice and protection for all victims of domestic abuse.
Telephone: 0800 916 1474 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm)

 

Cornwall

CLEAREmotional trauma and therapy specialists.
Telephone: 01872 261147 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm)

First LightDomestic abuse and sexual violence support for all.
Telephone: 0300 777 4777 (Safer Futures Cornwall Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Service. Monday to Friday, 9am – 9pm, and Saturday, 9am – 5pm)

WavesDomestic violence and abuse counselling service.
Telephone: 07815 136743

The Women’s Centre CornwallSpecialist provider of services for for women and girls (11 years+) who have experienced any form of sexual violence, rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse and/or domestic abuse at any point in their lives.
Telephone: 01208 77099 (Rape and Sexual Abuse & Domestic Abuse Helpline. Monday to Friday, 10am – 1pm)

 

Devon and Cornwall

First LightSexual violence support for all.
Telephone: 03458 121212 (Devon, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Independent Sexual Violence Advisory Service helpline, Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm)

Operation EmotionPlymouth based charity for men who have been sexually abused.
Telephone: 07539 810096 (Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm, and Saturday, 8am – 1pm)

Pegasus – Men’s Wellbeing Centre CICSpecialised support for men (Trauma, childhood trauma, domestic abuse, sexual violence etc).
Telephone: 01209 205785 / 07817 261494 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 5:30pm)

Victim Support Devon and CornwallFree and confidential support for people affected by crime and traumatic events.
Telephone: 0300 303 0554 (Monday to Friday, 12pm – 6pm) / 0808 1689 111 (Out of hours Supportline, 24 hours, 7 days a week)

 

Dorset

Acts FastSupport for families, parents, carers and children who have been affected by sexual abuse.
Telephone: 01202 797217 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm)

Sexual Trauma and Recovery Services (STARS)Support for anyone who has experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their life.
Telephone: 01202 308855 (Monday and Tuesday, 10am – 12pm, and 3pm – 5pm, Wednesday to Friday, 10am – 12pm, 3pm – 5pm and 7:30pm – 9:30pm)

The ShoresSupport for victims of rape or serious sexual assault.
Telephone: 0800 970 9954 (24 hours, 7 days a week)

Victim Support DorsetFree and confidential support for people affected by crime and traumatic events.
Telephone: 0300 3030 163 (Monday to Friday, 9am – 6:30pm) / 0808 1689 111 (Out of hours Supportline, 24 hours, 7 days a week)