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Sexual Abuse of Women


The Catholic Bishops of the United States affirmed their stance against domestic violence, and their support for victims of domestic violence, in their 2002 statement, When I Call for Help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence Against Women, an updated version of their 1992 statement. The statement:

  • Addresses abused women, men who abuse, and pastors and pastoral staffs
  • Offers updated statistics, resources and information about domestic violence
  • Includes practical suggestions for dioceses and parishes based on actual experiences

"When I Call for Help" Resources

Full Text of When I Call for Help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence

Full Text in Spanish: Cuando Pido Ayuda: Una Respuesta Pastoral A La Violencia Domestica Contra La Mujer

When I Call for Help Powerpoint (For use in presentations)

When I Call for Help Resource Cards: These cards, in English and Spanish, list signs of an abusive relationship and include the number of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Ideal for parish pamphlet racks and as a resource to raise a congregation's awareness about domestic abuse. 

Resources for priests, deacons, and pastoral staffs

Suggestions for preaching about family violence

Addressing domestic violence in the sacrament of reconciliation

Batterers and the sacrament of reconciliation

What do you say?

Additional Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline  (1-800-799-SAFE)

Overcoming Obstacles: Domestic Violence on the For Your Marriage website

Survey of Diocesan Responses to domestic violence (July 2008)


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