Domestic Violence Services


Being in an abusive relationship can be scary and confusing. When you are unsure where to turn, the Domestic Violence Services (DVS) at Catholic Charities offer shelter and safety.

The most dangerous time for a survivor is when they are leaving an abusive relationship. Options are limited, emotions are intense, and threats are real.  Often times, those in abusive situations remain in the relationship out of concern for their wellbeing and fear of escalating violence. Others may worry about how they will support and provide for themselves and their children. DVS recognizes making the decision to leave is an act of courage.

Catholic Charities values a survivor’s freedom to choose, learn, and grow and provides an environment that promotes respect, confidence, and empowers survivors to advocate for themselves and their families.

Catholic Charities offers domestic violence support, safety, and advocacy through Domestic Violence Services - The Shelter the Juan Diego Center.

You are not alone, we are here to help.  If you or someone you know may be abused, do not hesitate to call anytime, day or night: 402-558-5700

For information on Domestic Violence programs, please contact 402-558-5700 or email or

If you are in immediate danger, call 911

Abusive partners often use technology to monitor and control those they abuse. There are ways to keep yourself safe. For information about Internet and Technology Safety, click here.

Hope and Inspiration

More than 19 years ago my two sons and I received shelter, education, support and counseling at the Domestic Violence Shelter in Omaha. Just wanted you to know that, to this day, I am grateful for the help we received.
- Allison, domestic violence survivor and donor

I would like to extend a thank you to all of the staff at Catholic Charities for saving my life and for giving me the resources I need to make it. You gave me a safe place to stay and helped me find ways to get done what I needed to get done. Thank you for giving me life again!!! Because as I see it, I was dead and thanks to you and God, I'm alive and I feel like a person again.
– Gloria, domestic violence survivor

When I look back, I can tell how much Catholic Charities helped me and my daughter. I learned to make a decision. If that does not work, make another, and another, and another. Keep doing this until you break through. And we did!
– Joy, domestic violence survivor

Lisa had been in an abusive relationship with the father of her two children for twenty years. The victim of emotional and physical abuse, Lisa felt hopeless and longed to be part of a happy family.  His controlling nature did not allow her to have relationships with her friends and family or advance her career. After many years of hoping the situation would change, Lisa finally sought out the help of Catholic Charities in 2007 and moved her and her children to the Shelter.

“You hope he can change, but you finally realize he won’t,” said Lisa. “You have to see it for yourself."

With the help of Catholic Charities, Lisa rebuilt her confidence and self-esteem, reestablished relationships with her family, and followed her dreams of going back to school. She credits overcoming her cycle of domestic violence with the support of the advocates she worked with. “These women had such devotion to helping women achieve their goal of independence,” Lisa says. “They guided me to regain my confidence I had lost in myself and challenged me to reach for a higher standard.”

Lisa’s advice to others who may be in her same situation is, “Don’t give up, get out and believe in yourself.”

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