Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach

In an emergency, dial 911 or call the National Domestic Violence 24-Hour Hotline at 800-799-7233, 1-800-787-3224 TTY for counseling assistance. Website 

Domestic Violence Resource Manual:
a collection of information from a variety of sources, which will be very useful to those ministering in the area of domestic violence and closely related areas

Updated 10.28.2016


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.

Action Plan
The goal of the Domestic Violence Outreach is to establish a parish ministry for victims of domestic violence in every geographic area of the Archdiocese. At present, we have 79 parishes with active domestic violence ministries or ministries in formation.

Arlington Heights: Mission San Juan Diego – Our Lady of the Wayside – St. Edna – St. James  Barrington: St. Anne  Berwyn: St. Mary Celle  Bolingbrook: St. Francis of Assisi  Chicago: Blessed Sacrament – Christ the King – Epiphany – Good Shepherd – Holy Cross + Immaculate Heart – Holy Family – Immaculate Conception – Old St. Mary’s – Old St. Patrick’s – Our Lady of Lourdes – Our Lady of Mercy – Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica – Queen of All Saints – Queen of Angels – St. Ailbe – St. Agatha – St. Agnes of Bohemia – St. Benedict – St. Christiana – St. Clare of Montefalco – St. Columbanus – St. Felicitas – St. Gall – St. Jerome – St. John Bosco – St. John Fisher – St. Joseph on Hermitage – St. Malachy + Precious Blood – St. Martin De Porres – St. Mary Star of the Sea – St. Mary of the Woods – St. Michael Archangel – St. Pascal – St. Pius V – St. Rita Cascia – St. Thomas the Apostle – St. Thaddeus  Cicero: St. Francis of Rome  Des Plaines: St. Mary  Evanston: St. Mary – St. Nicholas  Evergreen Park: St. Bernadette – Queen of Angels – Queen of Martyrs  Forest Park: St. Bernardine  Glenview: Our Lady of Perpetual Help  Hoffman Estates: St. Hubert  Inverness: Holy Family  La Grange: St. Cletus – St. Francis Xavier  Melrose Park: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel  Morton Grove: St. Martha  Mt. Prospect: St. Raymond de Penafort  Niles:  St. John Brebeuf  Northbrook: St. Norbert – Our Lady of the Brook  Oak Lawn: St. Catherine of Alexandria – St. Germaine  Oak Park: Ascension – St. Edmund – St. Giles    Orland Park: St. Michael  Palos Heights: Incarnation  Palos Hills: Sacred Heart  Park Ridge: Mary Seat of Wisdom  River Forest: St. Luke  River Grove: St. Cyprian  Riverside: St. Mary’s  Waukegan: Most Blessed Trinity  Westchester: Divine Infant  Western Springs: St. John Of the Cross  Wheeling: St. Joseph the Worker



Archbishop Blase Homily at the Mass for Domestic Violence Awareness


Homily on Domestic Violence (New)
Homily on Domestic Violence in Spanish (New)
The Catholic Response to Domestic Violence (New)
The Catholic Response  to Domestic Violence in Spanish (New)




Domestic Violence Resource Manual
The manual is a collection of information from a variety of sources available to the general public free of charge, which will be very useful to those ministering in the area of domestic violence.

Parish Staff Domestic Violence Training
These two training programs are designed to provide fundamental domestic-violence instruction for parish staff and parish domestic-violence ministries.

The Presentation Edition is designed for on-site training in parishes. The Self-Study Edition is designed for individual home study. It provides a greater level of detail along with questions and answers.

Parish Staff Domestic Violence Training – Presentation Edition
Parish Staff Domestic Violence Training – Self Study Edition

Domestic Violence 40-hour, 20-hour and other Training
Domestic Violence training teaches professionals and volunteers to appropriately respond to domestic violence. 40 hour training is required for selected roles.

2015 NO MAS Study: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in the U.S. Latina Community. This article describes the study and reveals the scope of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Latina community.

Women Healing the Wounds  This brochure by the National Council of Catholic Women discusses domestic violence and dating violence dimensions. It explores awareness, services and prevention.

When I call for help: A Pastoral response to domestic violence against women.


Domestic Violence First Person Account: Leslie Morgan Steiner’s Story; Could you graduate from Harvard and not recognize that you are an abused woman?

Domestic Violence First Person Account: Why Do Women Stay in Domestic Violence Relationships? (NEW)

When You Preach, REMEMBER ME. This video provides insights for homilists.


In the News

Domestic abuse: the epidemic no one is talking about in parishes By Matt Hadro/Catholic News Agency/EWTN News (NEW)

Domestic Violence Outreach in the Archdiocese of Chicago (NEW)

How Fr. Chuck Dahm was Inspired to Help Victims of Domestic Violence. (NEW)

Radio Show: Domestic Violence Outreach
Kim and Frank talk with Father Chuck Dahm, a Dominican priest who is the Associate Pastor at St. Pius V in Pilsen in Chicago, about his work in the field of Domestic Violence. They discuss the causes and what the church outreach to families dealing with this can be. (Note: the National Domestic Violence 24 hour hot line is 800-799-7233.)
Aired Thursday, November 19, 2015 | Stream | Download

Parishes take on domestic violence ministry - NCR article. 

Fr. Chuck Dahm: Straight Talk on Domestic Violence. 


Contact Us
If you would like information on forming a domestic violence ministry, please contact us at 312.226.6161 ext. 224 or

Domestic Violence Outreach Leadership
Fr. Charles W. Dahm, O.P., Archdiocesan Director of Domestic Violence Outreach

Steering Committee
o Adele Bach, Queen of All Saints…………. Communications Chairwoman
o Shelia Morrow, Queen of All Saints……… Education & Training Chairwoman
o Diane O’Brien, Sacred Heart……………… Parish Support Chairwoman
o Anne McGuire, St. Francis Xavier………... Prevention Chairwoman
o Mary Kaess, St Thomas the Apostle………. Public Policy Chairwoman
o Fr. Charles W. Dahm O.P., St. Pius V.……. Director, Executive Committee
o Jan Burdulis, St. Pascal……………………. Coordinator, Executive Committee
o Pam Davis, Catholic Charities……………... Executive Committee
o Deborah Hammond, Catholic Charities……. Executive Committee
o Rita Katner, St. Benedict………………...… Executive Committee
o John Monaco, St. Raymond…………...…… Executive Committee
o Valerie Yokie, St. Raymond…………...…... Executive Committee