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Domestic Violence Resource Manual

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Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach
Domestic Violence Resource Manual Contents and Document Sequence -
UPDATED 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.

The Domestic Violence (DV) Manual is a collection of information from a variety of sources available to the general public free of charge. This manual will be very useful to those ministering in the area of domestic violence and closely related areas. The manual is designed to be a living document, which means that additions and subtractions may occur from time to time. 

1. Awareness

  • 1.1. Domestic Violence Dimensions
  • 1.2. Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): This is a 1994 federal law that responds to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  • 1.3. Human Trafficking: Human trafficking uses force, fraud, or coercion to enslave women, men, and children for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced labor or services. Human trafficking is slavery. United States citizens are protected under U.S. law. Federal law also offers protection and visas to non-citizen victims of human trafficking and other crimes.