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Address: 1404 East 9th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

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The Office for Protection of Children & Youth provides resources, training and information on providing a safe environment for children.

New site ready to receive reports of bishop misconduct

Effective March 16, the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service,, is accepting reports of sexual abuse and related misconduct by bishops. Abuse reports also can be made by phone at 800-276-1562. The reports will be relayed to the proper Church authorities for investigation.  Read more about the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service.

Visit Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service website

Related Information and Resources

List of child protective services in the eight counties of the Diocese of Cleveland 

Read Bishop Perez's letter to the faithful concerning an update to information regarding efforts to protect children. (June 21, 2019)

The USCCB has launched a new website highlighting the importance of prevention, protection and accountability in response to the ongoing effort to eradicate clergy sexual abuse. Click HERE to visit the new website.

The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is committed to providing a safe environment within our parishesschools and all other Catholic agencies and institutions.

A Letter from Bishop Perez on the Protection of Children (English | Spanish)

A Statement from Bishop Perez in response to the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on abuse (English | Spanish)

For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (English | Spanish)

For the diocesan Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse (English | Spanish

For the diocesan Standards of Conduct for Ministry (English | Spanish)

Report Abuse

All sexual abuse of minors should first be reported immediately to local law enforcement in the county where the abuse is alleged to have occurred. Reports of abuse by a member of the clergy or an employee of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland should also be made to the diocese’s Victim Assistance Coordinator, who can be reached by telephone at (216) 334-2999 or email.  

Kathleen McComb, Victim Assistance Coordinator
Response Services: (216) 334-2999
1404 East 9th Street
Cleveland, OH 44114

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