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Survivor and Victim Support

We are Compassionate and Proactive

We are compassionate and proactive to the needs and requests of those who have been physically, sexually, emotionally, financially or spiritually harmed.

We Strive to Respond Well

We are committed to “Responding Well to Victims and Survivors of Abuse”.

A summary of the guidance that we follow is now available on the Church of England website. 

Find Support Resources

If you or someone you know, have been affected by abuse within the church and you would like information about accessing appropriate support please find information on our Resources page.

There are also secular support services available.

See our Survivor Strategy

This is a co-produced document that will be built upon through engaging with survivors. We will also respond to changes in culture and the lived experiences within the diocese. 

Engage with us…

The Church of England

If you would like to engage with the safeguarding work of the wider Church, or find out more about survivor engagement, please contact the Church of England Survivor Engagement Team. 

The Diocese of Lincoln

If you would like to offer your time and expertise as a survivor representative to form part of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP), please contact our Survivor Advocate, Gemma Marks-Good. 

Meet our Victim and Survivor Advocate

Gemma Marks-Good, our Diocesan Safeguarding Advocate, is a fully accredited Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA).

She has many years of experience working within high risk domestic and sexual abuse services and Diocesan/National Safeguarding Teams.

Should a referral to Gemma Marks-Good be requested, a copy of the below support letter is made available:

“I am a Safeguarding Advocate. My role is to provide practical and emotional support and assistance to victims/survivors of violence and abuse within a church context, regardless of whether the assault took place recently or in the past. Whilst I am employed by the Diocese of Lincoln, I have the role of an Independent Sexual and Domestic Violence Advocate. I recognise that it can be extremely difficult to seek support following an assault and that for some, the thought of seeking justice through the courts or any formal process is too much to cope with.  Therefore, the support I can offer to you is unconditional.  You do not have to be seeking a justice outcome or making a complaint or seeking civil redress to access my support.  I can support you in exploring any or all of these options or just by being a listening ear and acting as an advocate to get the right support in place for you.  You choose how we work together.” 

The type of work I can do with you includes: 

I offer confidential and impartial advice.  No information you provide will be shared without your consent unless the information you tell me suggests that there continues to be a risk of serious harm.  Where there is a Police investigation I am legally obliged to share some factual information.  I will discuss this with you in more detail during our first appointment and we can sign an agreement as to how I support you and how your privacy is protected. 

Gemma is employed 4 days a week for the Diocese, working on Tuesdays in a similar role for the Church of England National Safeguarding Team. All engagement and support plans will consider individual needs, accessibility and information with the aim to provide the support that is most appropriate. Plans may include risk assessments, referrals and safe exit plans. 

Gemma offers advice and support to the Diocesan Bishop and his Senior staff clergy and church officers about all aspects of abuse within a church context. The diocese strives to work in a trauma informed manner. All work with all people affected by abuse and trauma needs to look unlike and be opposite of abuse, otherwise it can inadvertently explicate the dynamics of abuse and cause harm.