Who Should Call?

  • If you are calling because you are in danger or you feel you are a danger to others, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
  •  If you are calling to report a suspicion of sexual abuse towards a minor, call Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) at 1-800-252-2873 and report your concern and see the link in the menu bar on how to report child sexual abuse.
  • If you are an adult who experienced childhood sexual abuse by clergy or church personnel, we may be able to help you.

When to Call?

  • The Office of Assistance Ministry is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:45pm, and staff can be reached at 312-534-8267 or at 312-534-8256.
  • The Office of Assistance Ministry can also be reached by email at ttharayil@archchicago.org.  or at rurobinson@archchicago.org.

During the Call:

  • The Office of Assistance Ministry staff will take the time to listen to you. We will explore with you the variety of services we offer victims-survivors and their families to help them to achieve psychological, emotional, and spiritual healing.

After the Call:

  • After our professional staff has had a chance to listen to you and discuss services, we will strive to use our resources to help you. This could include counseling, support groups, spiritual guidance and reflection, newsletters, and opportunities to gather with other survivors who are also seeking healing in their lives.

Victims/Survivors Resources

The Office of Assistance Ministry strives to create programs and identify resources that will support the spiritual and emotional well being of victims-survivors and their families. If you are seeking referrals for counseling, spiritual direction, self help groups, educational information, or more, call (312) 534-8267.

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Catholic Charities Holbrook Counseling Center offers professional counseling, mental health education and spiritual support. Call (312) 655-7725 or visit www.catholiccharities.net/holbrook for more information about individual, couple, or family counseling; support groups; and educational workshops.
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National Center for PTSD
If you are an adult victim/survivor of childhood sexual abuse, it is possible that you may have experienced Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD has four types of symptoms: reliving the event, avoiding situations that remind you of the event; feeling numb and feeling keyed up. For more information, visit www.ptsd.va.gov/public/

PTSD Coach App:
Together with professional medical treatment, PTSD Coach provides you with reliable information. If you have, or think you might have PTSD, this app may be for you. The PTSD Coach app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that often occur after trauma. Features include: reliable information on PTSD and treatments that work, tools for screening and tracking your symptoms, convenient, easy-to-use tools to help you handle stress symptoms, direct links to support and help always with you when you need it, providing you with facts and self-help skills based on research. Family and friends can also learn about PTSD and coping from this app. For more information, visit www.ptsd.va.gov/public/materials/apps/PTSDCoach.asp