Human Dignity and Solidarity

In an emergency, call 911.


The Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach (ACDVO) mission is expressed in three words.


New Items

Annual Benefit Gala & Father Chuck’s Birthday Celebration
Saturday, March 13, 2021 – Zoom Webcast
See February’s Newsletter for details. (PDF)


Dating Matters®: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships

Resource Manual

Our Resource Manual is now formatted in three Sections: Awareness, Services and Prevention. In addition, we have added links to make it easier to find topics.

News and Video Library

February 2021 Newsletter (PDF)
Fall Newsletter 2020 (PDF)



Pope Francis Speaks on
Domestic Violence, 2021


Bishop Mark Brennan
Homily on Domestic Violence


Domestic Violence in
Faith Communities



Fr. Chuck Dahm - Homily on Domestic Violence 


Homily on Domestic Violence by Father Chuck Dahm – English (PDF) Spanish (PDF) Polish (PDF)

Catholic Bishops’ Position (Link)
Fr. Chuck Dahm – The Catholic Response to Domestic Violence


Domestic Violence Traps

“I didn’t know it was abuse.” “I thought I could fix it.” “I didn’t tell anyone.”


Domestic Violence in the First Person

Maria's Story cuenta la vida de una mujer valiente que nos inspira.


Recognizing Abuse
Unmasking the Abuser
Dina McMillan - Ted Talk



For help call the National Domestic Violence 24-Hour Hotline at 800.799.7233 or 800.787.3224 TTY. Visit for more information. Please call if you are a victim, a relative, friend, parish staff or a domestic violence ministry member seeking information.

Additional resources can be found in our Resource Manual under Services.


Teen Dating Violence

Dating Matters®: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships is a comprehensive teen dating violence prevention model developed by the CDC to stop teen dating violence before it starts. Dating Matters is an evidence-based teen dating violence prevention model that includes prevention strategies for individuals, peers, families, schools, and neighborhoods. It focuses on teaching 11-14-year olds healthy relationship skills before they start dating and reducing behaviors that increase the risk for dating violence, like substance abuse and sexual risk-taking. (Link)

Dating Matters®: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention Training for Educators is a free, online course developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and available to educators, school personnel, youth mentors, and others dedicated to improving teen health. Follow a school administrator throughout his day as he highlights what teen dating violence is and how to prevent it through graphic novel scenarios, interactive exercises, and information gathered from leading experts. Continuing Education Units .2 CEUs. (Link)

ACDVO will begin 4-year pilot of the Dating Matters® Curriculum in October 2020


Is it possible not to know that you are in an abusive dating relationship?
Yes. See for yourself.