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—U.S Catholic Bishops, When I Call for Help, 2002
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:
Report on the Catholic Response to Sexual and Domestic Violence and Abuse, 2018
This report was compiled from a survey conducted in summer 2017 of individuals serving in various capacities in Catholic dioceses throughout the country. Its purpose is to better understand the Catholic Church's response to the topic of sexual and domestic violence/abuse which spans all levels of the Church throughout the United States.
The hope is that the results will raise awareness of available resources and strategies in place as well as highlight those in need of further attention. The leaders surveyed represent a range of ministries and areas in the Church, but a different survey and approach would be necessary for a truly comprehensive and scientific account. This limitation should be kept in mind while considering the survey's results.
Full Text of When I Call for Help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence (order hard copies here)
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, available 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, for placing in parish restrooms, and as a resource to raise a congregation's awareness about domestic abuse.
Media Toolkit for October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month (from Catholics for Family Peace)
"Saying 'No' to Violence in the Home" by Bishop Richard Malone
Catholics for Family Peace: a Catholic group dedicated to preventing domestic violence in Catholic homes and educating Catholics about domestic violence
National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE)
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