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Chicago parish addresses domestic violence

After learning that some members of our faith community, St. Pius V Parish, were victims of domestic violence, we decided to take action to address this serious issue. Through Sunday homilies, our pastor began raising awareness on this issue and called for volunteers to come together and create a domestic violence ministry. With the help of Catholic Charities, we developed support groups and counseling services for victims and offenders. We educated younger members of our parish community about the elements of healthy and unhealthy relationships. Our domestic violence ministry has expanded throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago, which now has a Domestic Violence Outreach Ministry active in 50 parishes. We are currently working to develop a state-wide coalition that will advocate for public policy to better serve victims of domestic violence.