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 www.ndvh.org for more information. In Illinois call 877.863.6338. Visit www.batteredwomensnetwork.org for more information.

Mission 

Awareness–Services–Prevention

New Items

Pre-Cana Domestic Violence Awareness Module for Marriage Preparation
Thank you for your ministry of preparing couples for marriage. To assist you, find a brief module to raise awareness of an often-unrecognized reality that domestic violence exists in Catholic marriages. Pre-Cana may be the last best chance to avoid the pain of domestic violence in marriage.

Module for Marriage Preparation (English | Spanish | French)

News

  • “You Don’t Always Know the Good You Are Doing.” Fr. Chuck received this letter in June from a domestic violence victim. We are making a difference! (PDF)

Resource Manual

  • Healthy Dating Relationships Seminar for Teens and Parents. This 75 minute seminar explores healthy and unhealthy teen dating relationships. (Video) Supplemental handout provided. (Handout)

News and Video Library

  • News articles and videos are featured.
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 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

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?
 
 
Fr. Jerry Boland Speaks on the Impact of Developing a DV Ministry
 
 
When You Preach, Remember Me
This video provides insights for homilists.