Domestic Violence

The patron saint for abused children is St. Alodia.

The patron saint of those who suffer from violence is St. Josaphat of Polotsk.

All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you along with all malice. Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.” – Ephesians 4:31-32


Violence can take many forms and can affect individuals, families and communities. Our role is to support, provide resources, and be present to anyone who needs support in ending violence in their home, school, or church community.  Please refer to other Pastoral Care topics for more detailed information.

There are many types of abuse and they are all difficult to experience.

  • Emotional Abuse/Verbal Abuse 
    Non-physical behaviors such as threats, insults, constant monitoring or “checking-in,” excessive texting, humiliation, intimidation or isolation.
  • Stalking
    Being repeatedly watched, followed or harassed; making you feel afraid or unsafe.
  • Financial Abuse
    Using money or access to accounts to exert power and control over a partner.
  • Physical Abuse
    Any intentional and unwanted contact with you or something close to your body. Sometimes abusive behavior does not cause pain or even leave a bruise, but it’s still unhealthy.
  • Sexual Abuse 
    Any action that impacts a person’s ability to control their sexual activity.
  • Digital Abuse
    The use of technology such as texting and social networks to bully or intimidate a partner.

LAW ENFORCEMENT
Phone: 714-834-3600
Website: orangecountyda.org

Follow the link provided here to file a police report, you should contact your local city police department.

Orange County Office of the District Attorney Family Protection Unit

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Women’s Transitional Living Center Hotline will provide counselors and referrals to shelters and other specialized services to assist you. They provide assistance for victims of domestic abuse or human trafficking including emergency shelter & transitional housing, legal advocacy, immigration services, residential children’s program.

Phone: 714-992-1931
Website: ocsd.org

Break the Cycle is the leading national nonprofit organization providing comprehensive dating abuse programs exclusively to young people ages 12 to 24. From the classroom to the courtroom to the floor of Congress, we work every day to give young people, and those who care about them, the tools they need to live safer, healthier lives.

Phone: 424-265-7346
Website: breakthecycle.org

Loveisrespect is the ultimate resource to empower youth to prevent end dating abuse. It is a project of Break the Cycle and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Phone: 886-331-9474
Website: loveisrespect.org

CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES

Orange County
714-940-1000 or 1-800-207-4464

Riverside County
1-877-922-4453

SHELTERS

There are several shelters for victims of domestic abuse here in Orange County. The list below is not exhaustive.  There are faith community shelters that can be located through local places of worship.  There is help for minority community women in culturally-sensitive projects and shelters that can be found through the community centers that assist these groups.  Some of this assistance takes the form of outreach efforts, walk-in centers, and help in linking with other providers of shelter service.  Four such centers are:

 Laura’s House (South Orange County) 1-866-498-1511
 Human Options (South/Central OC) 1-877-854-3594
 Interval House (West/Central OC) 714-891-8121
 Women’s Transitional Living Center (Central/North OC) 714-992-1931 Ext. 111

RESTRAINING ORDERS

If someone is threatening you and/or your family, you may file a temporary restraining order against that person.

For temporary restraining order assistance and counseling:

Phone: 714-935-7956
Website: ocsd.org