Archdiocesan Pastoral Response Hotline


For the safety of children and the healing of victims, the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City provides a Pastoral Response Hotline for reporting the abuse of a minor (past or present) by a member of the clergy or other Archdiocesan Personnel. Calls to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Response Hotline will be answered by the Archdiocesan Victims Assistance Coordinator (VAC). If you are a victim of sexual abuse by a priest, deacon or someone representing the Catholic Church, the VAC will offer to meet with you in person, if you so desire. The VAC will also assist you in making a formal complaint to the Archdiocese, arranging a personal meeting with the Archbishop or his representative, and in obtaining pastoral counseling. Calls are confidential with the following exceptions:


Any allegation of sexual or physical abuse or neglect involving a minor must be reported to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Hotline (1-800-522-3511). This is required by Oklahoma state law.


• Any allegation of sexual misconduct involving Archdiocesan Personnel will be shared with the proper Archdiocesan authorities, as required by Archdiocesan Policies.

Again, contact the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Statewide Abuse Hotline (1-800-522-3511). Contacting DHS is mandatory if the victim is a minor.

• Contact a law enforcement agency (police), who can help determine options for making a criminal complaint.

• Contact a local child protection agency, a private attorney, a support group, an abuse hotline, or a mental health professional.