Domestic Violence Awareness & Outreach
St. Rita's Courageous Hearts Ministry
In an emergency, dial 911 or call the National Domestic Violence 24-Hour Hotline at 800-799-7233.
Highlighting Awareness, Services and Resources
The area of domestic violence is a new initiative with the goal to raise awareness on domestic violence in the parish communities across the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, especially during the annual National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
The mission of the domestic violence outreach, St. Rita's Courageous Hearts, is to promote the development and delivery of educational workshops, opportunities for group support, day of prayer retreats, and counseling referrals to all victims of domestic violence, as well as to perpetrators. Everyone must learn to recognize the elements of healthy and unhealthy relationships.
Presentations on A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence are available for parishes throughout the Archdiocese. Presentations are usually 45 minutes to an hour.
Few parishes have established support programs for victims of domestic violence. Some support programs are carried out in collaboration with outside agencies. If you are interested in attending a support group, call us for an initial screening.
AVDA - Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse runs support programs at some of our parishes. They also have a Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) available through the Houston area.
Maria Goretti Network - is a support group currently running in some parishes in the Houston area.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides crisis intervention and referrals to local service providers. Call 800-799-SAFE (7233) or (TTY).
Shelter Services for Women & Children
Fort Bend Women's Center
The Bridge Over Troubled Waters
(Pasadena) (24-hour Hotline)
Provides residential shelter in a family atmosphere for women and children in crisis. Services include counseling and education.
Montgomery County Women’s Center
Provides crisis intervention, counseling, shelter, accompaniment and legal advocacy for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
The Catholic Bishops of the United States affirmed their stance against domestic violence, and their support for victims of domestic violence, in their 2002 statement, When I Call for Help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence Against Women, an updated version of their 1992 statement. The statement:
- Addresses abused women, men who abuse, and pastors and pastoral staffs
- Offers updated statistics, resources and information about domestic violence
- Includes practical suggestions for dioceses and parishes based on actual experiences
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