Domestic Abuse Ministry

Our focus in this ministry is to serve as first responders to our brothers and sisters who need to restore their peace of mind, body and spirit, due to domestic abuse. 

One of our goals is to create awareness of this issue within our community and to provide a Catholic response to it by bringing hope, help, and healing. We will provide the proper tools and skills to recognize domestic abuse, respond to it with compassion, and refer people in need to the proper services to get help. What can you do to be helpful if an abusive situation is revealed?

  • LISTEN, BELIEVE, AND REFER. Domestic Abuse against one of the members of the Body of Christ affects all of us. Share that the abuse is not God’s will. Help is available and they are NOT ALONE.
  • Let them know that without intervention, abuse often escalates in frequency and severity over time.
  • Seek expert assistance by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Refer them only to specialized domestic violence counseling programs, not to couples counseling!
  • Encourage people who use abuse to seek help by attending an appropriate 12-step recovery group.
Hotlines are available 24 hours a day!
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
  • Mutual Ground Emergency Shelter in Aurora: 630-897-0084.
  • Community Crisis Center in Elgin: 847-697-2380; Espanol: 847-697-9740.
  • Hotline for those who abuse: 877-898-3411.
  • St. John Neumann Domestic Abuse Ministry: 630-480-6561. Resources You are not alone. The Church stands by families suffering abuse at home. Learn more at “When I Call for Help” a pastoral response to Domestic Abuse.
  • “If we have to fight against evil, let’s do it, but always saya ‘no’ to domestic violence.” – Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, 104.

If the Holy Spirit is moving you to serve through this ministry, please register below.

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