Catholics for Family Peace

Affiliated with the Consortium for the National Catholic School of Social Service at the Catholic University of America.

Catholics for Family Peace is a group of people who initially began working together in October 2011 and are committed to creating a coordinated Catholic response to preventing domestic abuse and promoting interpersonal and family peace. Our office is located In Shahan Hall, Room 206 D, at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Mission: The Catholics for Family Peace mission is to serve as an alliance of Catholic dioceses, archdioceses, organizations, affiliated entities and individuals committed to sharing the Church’s teachings on the promotion of family peace and the prevention of family abuse through education, research, practice and policy.

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How the Church can better respond to the problem of domestic violence

Catholics For Family Peace featured in recent national media. This Sunday, in Catholic parishes across the country, one in four women sitting in the pews will have experienced severe physical violence in their own homes from their spouses or partners - including burns, choking, beating, or the use of a weapon against them. One in nine men will have experienced...

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CFFP director Sharon O’Brien took part in a National Dialogue about the situation of young people at the Mid Atlantic Congress this month in Baltimore. Visit to learn more.

The National Dialogue was lead by @pauljarzembowski at the #midatlanticcongress with young adults and church leaders. Have your dialogue today!


Did you know our website provides free resources and information about the Catholic Response to Intimate Partner Violence? Check it out here:

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Catholics For Family Peace Education and Research Initiative provides education, resources, and research that help pastoral leaders recognize domestic abuse and respond with compassion. Check out our website for more information:

Thank you for joining with us for #DVAM2018.
Together, we can work towards hope, help, and healing for all.

Day 9
Day 9: Jesus on the Cross, You are our hope and our peace. You are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. You have said that whoever believes in You will live, even though they die.

In these times of struggle, remind us of Your words of truth and consolation. Shower Your mercy on our families and transform our society into one that respects all human life. May our relationships reflect Your Love alone, Dear Jesus!

"Come, Holy Spirit, bless us and grant us the grace to always work for justice for the most vulnerable in our society. You know our joys and our sorrows. May the prayers we offer bless our relationships and lead us to your peace.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be…

O Holy Spirit, we ask in particular this special favor: (Your personal prayer intentions here)"

Day 8:
We fly to your protection, most holy Mother of God; please listen to our petitions and needs, and deliver us from all dangers, ever glorious and blessed Virgin Mary.

Day 7 of our Novena. Offer your worries and trouble to Our Holy Mother.

Novena Day 6:
Today, on Day 6 of our Novena, let us pray for all those we know who are parents and grandparents, including ourselves and our own family members

As always, you can find the full Novena, our 2017 October DV Awareness Month toolkit, and much more on our website:

You will find prayers and useful educational materials under the "Resources" tab -- please explore!

Novena Day 5:
We belong to one another and to God our Creator.

Continue to Pray on this 5th day of the novena for an end to domestic violence.

Novena Day 4:
“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.” ― St. John Paul II

Making new contacts at the Interfaith Education Day

Novena Day 3: “It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. Bring love into your home, for this is where our love for each other must start.” -St. Mother Teresa

Day 2:
“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.”
– Blessed Pope Pius IX

Join in praying the Mary Undoer of Knots Novena!

Today we begin praying a novena for an end to domestic violence. Please join us and send us your intentions through Facebook Messenger or in the comments!
Mary, undoer of knots, pray for us.
Full list of Novena Prayers can be found at A novena to Our Lady untier of Knots for complex problems faced by the faithful.

Engage and educate others to be allies and promote hope, help, and healing. #DVAM2018 #FaithSupportsSurvivors

We believe that prevention is possible. When we invest together in this outcome, social transformation occurs, and we can end gender-based violence.

Lord God, in our struggles and the darkness of our days, as we face our mountains and the enemy besieges us, please help us to recall Your unending, unchanging,life-giving Love for us as we place our trust in You.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 18:2

Bishop Campbell's Homily DVAM Vigil Mass 2018

Weren't able to make it to our Domestic Violence Awareness Month Mass? Don't worry! You can watch Bishop Campbell's homily here.
Check out our webiste for more pictures and information.

#DVAM2018 #FaithTkesAction

#DVFacts expose the epidemic of domestic violence. Share now to raise awareness!

St. Rita, patron saint of impossible causes and families experiencing violence, pray for us.

Lord, today we pray for an increase in LOVE among all couples.

Grant that we may be true examples of the love you have for the Church, that sacrificial gift of self for the good of the other.
We especially pray for those who have forgotten how to love.

Lord Jesus Christ, increase our love!
#DVAM2018 #FaithTakesAction

Abuse is not God's will.

Help is available 24/7 at the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or at

#DVAM2018 #FaithTakesAction

Our faith is powerful enough to scatter the darkness. Christ is our light.
#DVAM2018 #FaithTakesAction

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As you pray this October, please include victims of teen dating violence in your thoughts and prayers. Let's storm Heaven with prayers for a future of PEACE!

Infographic by Futures Without Violence. Check out for more information and resources on teen dating violence!

#DVAM2018 #FaithTakesAction

St. Monica, Patron of Domestic Violence survivors, pray for us.
#DVAM2018 #FaithTakesAction

Operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. Callers to The Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) can expect highly trained, experienced advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services in more than 200 languages.

Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us and for peace in our families!

When I Call For Help is an amazing resource from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for Catholics wanting to learn about the church's teaching on domestic violence.

Find the full text on their website:

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness" (Galatians 5:22).

Have a blessed Sunday!

Don’t forget mass tonight at 5:15 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Check out Catholics for Family Peace table for more information and how you can respond to domestic violence with hope, health, and healing.

Tomorrow is the day we get to join our prayers together at Mass and pray for family peace. Please join us today at 5:15 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Happy Feast day of St. Francis!
Join us as we pray his prayer for peace.

St. Francis, intercede for all in need of peace in their families

Holy Family,

Graciously inspire in us the unity, peace, and mutual love that you found in your family.
Holy Family, protect all families in need of healing and peace.

2018 Interfaith Domestic Violence Conference

Exhibiting for Catholics for Family Peace at this Interfaith effort to protect and educate. The Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition hosts the 2018 Interfaith Domestic Violence Conference. This year's theme is 'Calling all Clergy - Uniting the Faith Based Community Against Domestic Violence'

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We cannot fight to end violence in relationships if we don't recognize the signs and understand the reality of abuse.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!
This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, find ways to reach out to others and create a sense of belonging.

“We belong to one another and to God our Creator."

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Bishop Campbell's Homily DVAM Vigil Mass 2018




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