Safe Environment

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.

To Report Known or Suspected Neglect or Abuse, Call the Department of Human Services Statewide Abuse Hotline: 1-800-522-3511. Reporting is MANDATORY if the victim is under 18 years old. If you think a child (under 18 years of age) is in immediate danger call 911.

The Statewide Abuse Hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Statewide Abuse Hotline may be used to report known or suspected neglect or abuse of a child or vulnerable adult. When you make a report, you will be asked for specific information, such as:

  • The name of the victim and location
  • The name and relationship (if known) of the person you believe is abusing the child or vulnerable person• What you have seen or heard regarding the abuse or neglect
  • The names of any other people who might know about the abuse
  • Your name and phone number: This is voluntary. You may remain anonymous.

To report abuse by Archdiocesan Personnel or someone representing the Catholic Church Archdiocesan Policies require that after reporting on the Statewide Abuse Hotline you contact the Archdiocesan Pastoral Response Hotline: (405) 720-9878, Or; The Office of the Vicar General: 1-800-721-5651