Protecting Children Safe Environments

Victim Assistance

Contact the Archdiocese of Detroit

The Archdiocese of Detroit Victim Assistance Coordinator is able to assist you in making a formal complaint to the diocese and to obtain counseling and other assistance in the healing process.

The first obligation of the Church with regard to victims is healing and reconciliation. The Archdiocese of Detroit continues to reach out to every person who has been a victim of sexual abuse as a minor by anyone in church service, whether that abuse is recent or occurred in the past.

By phone

Margaret Huggard
Victim Assistance Coordinator

By mail

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Msgr. G. Michael Bugarin
Archbishop's Delegate
Archdiocese of Detroit
12 State Street
Detroit, MI 48226-1823

Read Sexual Abuse of Minors Policy
2002 County Prosecutors Agreement

Mandated Reporters

The Michigan Child Protection Law outlines the process for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  Some are required by law to report such cases of abuse, including:

Physicians Psychologists Social Workers
Clergy Teachers Counselors

You may be their only voice, report abuse and neglect

Speak up about abuse and neglect. Call 855-444-3911 any time day or night. This toll-free phone number allows you to report abuse or neglect of any child or adult to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The following may be indicators that someone is being abused or neglected:

  • Children: Sudden changes in behavior or school performance; medical conditions go untreated; lacks adult supervision; overly compliant, passive, or withdrawn behavior; does not want to go home; dehydration or malnutrition.
  • Adults: Sudden changes in physical behavioral or financial status of elderly or someone with a developmental disability; left in front of a TV all day; dehydration or malnutrition.

One call. One number. One person can make a difference. If you suspect abuse or neglect, call 855-444-3911 now.

If you work with children, review our Mandated Reporters information online for an overview of your legal obligation to report abuse and neglect.

Read more about the law in these resources from the state of Michigan: