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

  • New Ways to Give
  • Reflections for Domestic Violence Victims & Survivors (English) (Spanish)
  • Catholic Charities – Teen Dating Violence and How to Help (PDF)
  • ACDVO’s Newsletter – Winter 2023 (PDF)

ACDVO Benefit Gala 2023


Teen Dating Violence and Domestic Violence
  • Our work and study in the area of domestic violence teaches that dating violence and domestic violence are indistinguishable and that consequences are severe and very often long lasting.
  • We want to help change the way things are. It is imperative that children learn the dynamics of healthy and unhealthy relationships. The Dating Matters curriculum can help us do so. Dating Matters is evidence based. Dating Matters is effective in changing behavior and thereby helps reduce and prevent teen dating violence.
  • ACDVO began piloting the Dating Matters Curriculum with one school in October 2020. Three additional schools have joined our pilot this year and we hope to add six additional schools in the 2022-2023 academic year. Our goal is to establish Dating Matters as an integral element of the academic curriculum in private and public schools in Illinois.

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. 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)

Teen Dating Violence in the First Person

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. (Link)



Mr. Lundy Bancroft,
Abusers, Victims and Children
Fr. Chuck Dahm,
Homily at Holy Name

Pope Francis Speaks on
Domestic Violence
Bishop Michael Burbidge
Homily on Domestic Violence

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.


  • National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) (Link)
  • Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), 1.800.656.HOPE (4673) (Link)
  • Love is Respect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline 1.866.331.9474, 1.866.331.8453 TTY You can also chat live online with a trained Peer Advocate from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. (CST) daily (Link)
  • Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline, 1.877.863.6338 (Link)

Service Agencies

  • Agencies and Additional Information (PDF)
  • Agencies Statewide (DOC)


  • Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Services – Various Locations. Please call 1.312.655.7725
  • The Network – Chicago: Downtown (Link)
  • Connections for Abused Women and Their Children – Chicago (Link)
  • Family Rescue – Chicago: Downtown & South Side (Link)
  • Apna Ghar – Chicago: North Side (Link)
  • Between Friends – Chicago: North Side (Link)
  • House of the Good Shepherd – Chicago: North Side (Link)
  • KAN-WIN – Chicago: North Side & NW Suburbs (Link)
  • Hope Family Services – Chicago: Pilsen (Link)
  • Mujeres Latinas en Accion – Chicago: Near South Side & Western Suburbs, (Link)
  • A New Direction – Chicago: Beverly & Morgan Park (Link)


  • WINGS – Suburbs & Chicago (Link)
  • Sarah’s Inn – Oak Park (Link)
  • Pillars – La Grange, Berwyn, Hickory Hills, Hodgkins, Summit, & Western Springs (Link)
  • Life Span – Des Plaines (Link)
  • Barrington Youth and Family Services – Barrington (Link)
  • A Safe Place – Zion (Link)
  • House of Peace – Waukegan (Link)
  • Turning Point – Woodstock (Link)
  • Crisis Center for South Suburbia – Tinley Park (Link)
  • South Suburban Family Shelter – South Suburbs (Link)


  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (Link)
  • Faith and Trust Institute (Link)
  • Futures Without Violence (Link)
  • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (Link)
  • National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (Link)
  • Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline, 1.877.863.6338 (Link)