Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence
Content Reviewed April 2015
One of the hard earned and painful lessons which the family of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee learned in its struggle with the clergy sexual abuse crisis is how insidiously it tears at the fabric of the relationships within that family; and yet, how strong that fabric can be when a family finally stands up to the abuse and confronts it. This is a lesson other families can learn from us.
Another of the lessons we learned is that the cause of the abuse is hidden in the psyche of the abuser. Even if the perpetrator attempts to shift the blame to the victim, the victim is not at fault for the attack. The victim is just that - a victim - of the weakness or illness of the one abusing them. And we are certain there are more lessons to be learned.
It takes courage, however, to face all of the pain surrounding the fear that a family member might be abusing another be that a child, a spouse, a partner, or an aging parent. These fears often paralyze us, preventing us from acting. They often keep us from admitting that this kind of thing can happen within our family as it can happen in any family. And the family that refuses to face that fact only enables the violence to continue.
We forget that we are not alone in facing this. That those trained to lend support are not there to judge the moral fabric of the family, only to help that family to overcome the struggles they are facing with dignity and strength.
It is with this in mind, having hopefully learned from our mistakes, that we present this web page for you. We pray that it will support you in the steps you need to take.
Yours in Christ,
Father Charles Keefe
- According to the United States Department of Justice, more than 1,000 women, almost three a day, die as a result of domestic violence at the hands of a husband, boyfriend, or other intimate.
- An estimated 1.5 million women are battered each year by their husbands or partners; and 70% of men who batter women also batter their children, making the presence of partner abuse the single most identifiable risk factor for predicting child abuse.
For more information on the Catholic Conference of Bishops position on domestic violence visit www.usccb.org click on bishops statements and click on "When I call for help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence Against Women.
People Against a Violent Environment, 920-887-3785 or 800-775-3785
Fond du Lac County
Catholic Charities, 920-923-2550
Crisis Line, 920-921-7657
Catholic Charities, 262-656-2098
Women's and Children's Horizons/Pathways of Courage, 262-862-9900
Crisis Line, 800-853-5303
Catholic Charities, 414-771-2881 (main) or 414-541-3624 (southwest)
The Healing Center, 414-671-4325
Sexual Assault Treatment Center, 414-219-5555
Catholic Charities, 262-923-2550
Advocates of Ozaukee, 262-284-6902
Catholic Charities, 262-637-8888
Sexual Assault Services, 262-619-1634
Crisis Line, 262-637-7233
Catholic Charities, 920-923-2550
Safe Harbor, 920-452-8611
Crisis Line, 920-452-7640
Association for the Prevention of Family Violence, 262-723-4653
Catholic Charities, 262-334-0886
Friends of Abused Families, 262-334-5598 or 262-334-7298
Catholic Charities, 262-547-2463
Women's Center, 262-547-4600
Crisis Line, 262-542-3828
Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 608-257-1516
Crisis Line, 608-255-0539
Websites with Additional Support
Wisconsin Caoliation Against Sexual Assault
The Healing Center of Milwaukee
UMOS Latina Resource Center