"Violence against women, inside or outside the home, is never justified. Violence in any form-physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal is sinful; often, it is a crime as well." USCCB, 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:
- Addresses abused women, men who abuse, and pastors and pastoral staffs
- Offers updated statistics, resources and information about domestic violence (updated again in 2016)
- Includes practical suggestions for dioceses and parishes based on actual experiences
When I Call for Help Resources
Resources for Priests, Deacons, and Pastoral Staffs