Victim Assistance

 

Welcome to the Victim Assistance Ministry for the Diocese of Grand Island

If you or someone you care about is suffering the pain of abuse, our victim assistance ministry is here to help.  We serve as a point of contact for reports of church-related incidents of abuse and are available to assist all individuals in seeking support and finding resources for protection and healing.  We have individuals available to take calls in English and Spanish.

Who to Contact to Report Sexual Abuse

If you have knowledge of an incident of sexual abuse of a minor by a cleric, church employee or volunteer, you may report the matter to one of our Victim Assistance Coordinators:

Cheryl Albright, M.S. M.S. Ravenna, NE 1-800-652-2229
Elizabeth Heidt Kozisek, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist Grand Island, NE 1-800-652-2229
Rev. José Chavez Episcopal Vicar for Hispanic Ministries Lexington, NE 1-800-652-2229

Please understand that anonymous reports of misconduct compromise the ability of the Diocese of Grand Island to follow up on such reports and be of assistance. Our Diocese wishes to respond promptly and with compassion to all reports of misconduct, treating all victims with dignity, respect, privacy and confidentiality.

Limits of Confidentiality: If the report is of sexual abuse to a minor, the Diocese is required to report the matter to law enforcement. You may report instances of sexual abuse directly to the appropriate law enforcement agency or the Nebraska Child Abuse Reporting Hot Line 1-800-652-1999.

Diocese of Grand Island
Child Protection Office
(308)382-6565