Helping Friends and Family Experiencing Domestic Violence
Catholic Charities discusses the reality of domestic violence in parish life and how to help families experiencing domestic abuse.
Break the Silence, Break the Cycle, Begin the Healing
The Family Peace Ministry will educate archdiocesan first responders on ways to prevent family abuse and promote family peace. The mission and goals of the ministry are to train people to learn to recognize the symptoms of domestic violence, respond with compassion, and refer survivors to agencies that help. New Domestic Violence Pastoral Resource Packet available.
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What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is actions and words that use fear, intimidation, and abuse to control and hurt an intimate partner. Abuse may be emotional, financial, physical or sexual.
Catholic Teaching and Response
The Catholic parish community can provide compassionate assistance. Faith responses focus on safety and healing. Access resources and guides explaining Catholic teaching and response to domestic violence here.
What to do when a person discloses?
When a person discloses domestic violence listen with love, assess with safety, and connect with local domestic violence resources. Provide resources about healthy relationships and how abusers can stop. Find additional resources here.
Domestic violence resources exist in each county, ready to aid survivors in need. Find resources in your area for domestic violence and general resource lists showing agencies that provide food, shelter, or utility assistance by clicking here.
Stories of Surviving Domestic Violence
Press Play: Watch Father John’s Homily for Domestic Violence Awareness Month Vigil Mass for Family Peace
Fr. Kevin Domestic Violence Homily (English & Spanish)
Msgr. John Enzler Domestic Violence Homily