Victims Assistance Ministry

The first obligation of the Church with regard to victims is for healing and reconciliation.

The Office of Victims Assistance Ministry of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles was created in April of 2002 to deal with allegations of past or current sexual abuse by clergy, religious or any lay person working or volunteering for the Archdiocese. The Office is charged with creating a safe and compassionate environment for victims to come forward while ensuring that civil authorities are notified and victims are provided with counseling and other assistance in the healing process.

The Victims Assistance Ministry serves to help victims/survivors who have been victims of sexual abuse by a priest, deacon, or individual representing the Catholic Church.

The Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help victims/survivors make a formal complaint of abuse to the diocese, and to obtain support for the needs of the individual and families.


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