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St. Patrick's Domestic Violence Outreach Ministry serves as our parish’s primary resource for assisting and supporting the Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Abuse Outreach Program. Our priority is to raise awareness in our community of the prevalence and scope of domestic abuse, how to recognize domestic abuse, and the availability of local assistance for domestic abuse victims and their families.


We serve as a liaison for domestic abuse victims and those within our parish who have knowledge and experience with domestic abuse issues - and as liaison with other religious communities, government agencies, and not-for-profit advocacy programs which provide domestic abuse services.


We also welcome the assistance of those in our community who wish to help support the spiritual and recuperative needs of domestic abuse victims and their families.

For more information about our ministry, contact Pat Moorhead or Tom and Judy DeMint.



Domestic Violence is a pattern of abuse used to exert power and control over another person.

Awareness and Resources

St. Patrick Church's Domestic Violence Outreach mission is expressed in two words:


Physical and sexual assaults, or threats to commit them, are the most apparent forms of domestic violence and are usually the actions that allow others to become aware of the problem. However, regular use of other abusive behaviors by the batterer, when reinforced by one or more acts of physical violence, make up a larger system of abuse. Although physical assaults may occur only once or occasionally, they instill threat of future violent attacks and allow the abuser to take control of the woman’s life and circumstances.


The Power & Control diagram is a particularly helpful tool in understanding the overall pattern of abusive and violent behaviors, which are used by a batterer to establish and maintain control over his partner. Very often, one or more violent incidents are accompanied by an array of these other types of abuse. They are less easily identified, yet firmly establish a patternof intimidation and control in the relationship.



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Loving God,


Shine your light of hope, healing and love on those individuals that have been affected by violence in their families. 


As we stand in solidarity with them, we lift up our prayers to you and ask that your love will heal and transform their pain in body, mind, and spirit and give them the strength encouraged to move forward. 


We pray for your peace and for the end of all forms of violence. This we ask and this we pray as we are “Silent No More.”


A Safe Place

A Safe Place provides services to survivors of domestic violence & human trafficking that support them in their efforts to transform their lives after domestic violence & human trafficking.


211 is the place with the answers you need to live well in Lake County, Illinois.


WINGS provides a pathway to independence for adults and children who are escaping from domestic violence and abuse.


SHALVA offers confidential domestic abuse counseling services to the metropolitan Chicago Jewish community in a culturally sensitive and caring environment.

Lake Forest Police Department

Entrusted to consistently seek and find ways to affirmatively promote, preserve, and deliver a feeling of safety and security

Catholic Charities

Provides counseling and case management services to families and individuals who are experiencing a wide range of social and personal problems.

National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, & Mental Health

Promotes survivor-defined healing, liberation, and equity by transforming the systems that impact survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their families.

Career Renewal

Provides free job search support.

Lake Forest Library

Some topics are hard to talk about. But remember, your librarians are here to help.

The National Prevention Toolkit

On Officer Involved Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking is a project of the Law Enforcement Families Partnership (LEFP).

Illinois Legal Aid Online

Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) has simplified the law so that people can seek justice and resolve their problems, especially those from historically oppressed communities and groups.

North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic

Provides accessible, quality pro-bono legal services in the areas of immigration, domestic violence, and housing to give those in need of access to justice the opportunity to live productive and secure lives.

Illinois Restraining Orders

Provides legal information to anyone with legal questions or concerns regarding domestic violence, sexual violence, or any other topic covered on their website.

No Hit Zones

Goal is to create an environment of comfort and safety for parents, families, and staff present in every location and facility.

CDC on Dating Violence

Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships is a comprehensive teen dating violence prevention model developed by CDC to stop teen dating violence before it starts.

Archdiocese of Chicago Resource Manual

The Domestic Violence Manual is a collection of information on Domestic Violence and Teen Dating Violence.

Illinois State's Attorney Office - Lake County

Domestic Violence Brochures and Information

Illinois State's Attorney Office - Lake County

Healthy Relationships Resources

Cook County Domestic Violence Webinar

A panel weighing problems and solutions at Cook County domestic violence court.