Victim Assistance

Contact Info & Staff

The diocese has designated the Victim Assistance Coordinator who receives notifications of all allegations of child sexual abuse to promptly inform the alleged victim of his/her rights and obligations, and to organize and direct timely and responsive pastoral care provided by the diocese. 

The Diocese of Syracuse will offer pastoral care to individuals who have experienced sexual abuse by a member of the clergy in the past or present, the individual's immediate families, and the affected faith communities and will work to promote safe, healthy communities of faith. 

Adults Reporting Past Abuse

All individuals who wish to report allegations of sexual abuse must complete the Complaint of Abuse Form.  Click here to download the form.  Contact the diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator Jacqueline Bressette at 315-470-1465 or via e-mail at  with questions about the form.

How to Report Suspicious/Inappropriate Behavior

It is every adult's moral responsibility to protect children and youth from abuse or neglect by reporting to the appropriate authorities.

If there is an immediate danger, call 911.

To report known or suspected neglect or abuse of a minor (under age 18), call the New York State Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-342-3720.

To report known or suspected neglect or abuse of a vulnerable adult, call the Vulnerable Persons Central Register Hotline:  1-855-373-2122.

If 911 and/or the Child Abuse/Vulnerable Adult hotline has been called regarding present or past sexual abuse or sexual assault allegedly by any clergy, religious, diocesan/parish employee or volunteer, contact the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator at 315-470-1465 who will initiate diocesan procedures, beginning with notifying the local District Attorney as per the Memorandum of Understanding.

For instructions on how to report a recent incident, click here

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