Human Dignity and Solidarity

Domestic Violence Outreach

In an emergency, dial 911 or call the National Domestic Violence 24-Hour Hotline at 800.799.7233 or 800.787.3224 TTY for counseling assistance. Visit for more information. In Illinois call 877.863.6338. Visit for more information.



The mission of the Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach is threefold. The first is to raise awareness of domestic violence throughout the archdiocese. Second, is to promote the development and delivery of services, such as counseling and group support, to women, men and children victims of domestic violence, as well as to perpetrators, at local parishes and through archdiocesan institutions and agencies. Third, is to advocate for the prevention of domestic violence. Girls and boys, young women and young men must learn to recognize the elements of unhealthy and healthy relationships.  This is accomplished through education at home, in parishes, and in schools.

On Domestic Violence

Archbishop Cupich
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 in the First Person

Leslie Morgan Steiner’s Story
Could you graduate from Harvard and not recognize that you are an abused woman? 
Private Violence Presents:Why we stayed
Why Do Women Stay in Domestic Violence Relationships?
Denise's Story
My Struggle with Domestic Violence and How I Got Help.
Fr. Jerry Boland Speaks on the Impact of Developing a DV Ministry
When You Preach, Remember Me
This video provides insights for homilists.
Domestic Violence Traps

“I didn’t know it was abuse.”

“I thought I could fix it.”

“I didn’t tell anyone.”