Resources for Compassionate Outreach
As many as one in three families are impacted by domestic violence at least once in their lifetime. Domestic violence is a broad term used to describe a range of harmful behaviors between spouses, parent and child, or siblings. These behaviors may include, but are not limited to pushing, hitting, kicking, physically stopping someone from trying to leave a room, or using intimidation to control another’s behavior. Although victims of violence often keep the abuse a secret, when they choose to reach out for help, they will often go to a church representative even before they will seek out a friend or medical professional. Often, the request for assistance comes at a point when violence has escalated and the victim is most at risk. Their requests for help, however, are usually subtle and unless the church representative knows what to look for or what to ask, the victim may leave feeling unassisted and remain in danger.
A Tool from Catholic Charities:
Catholic Charities’ Behavioral Health staff is well grounded in the language and philosophy of the USCCB statement on domestic violence; When I Call for Help. Families experiencing this devastating family and social issue will have the comfort of knowing that at Catholic Charities we recognize the sanctity of marriage and the desire to preserve families when possible. Our professional therapy staff also recognizes the dignity of each human person and the right each has to be treated with respect and to be free from violence, and for those who perpetrate violence to be held accountable for their destructive actions.
In addition to providing information about recognizing the signs of domestic violence and the resources available in the community, our professional staff is also able to share the content and message of the Bishops’ letter in clear and practical terms.
Pastors and Parishes should feel free to contact Ms. Sylvia Loumeau for assistance in scheduling an interactive session on domestic violence and the Church’s teaching at 856-342-4162 or by email at Sylvia.Loumeau@camdendiocese.org,