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To Report an Incident of Abuse

The Fall River Diocese stands firm in its commitment to report abuse to law enforcement and cooperate with investigations. If you have been abused by someone representing the Church (priest, deacon, religious, employee or volunteer), we are sorry. We are here to listen and support you. You can report an incident of abuse by contacting local law enforcement directly and by contacting Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator, Carolyn Shipp at 508-985-6508 (confidential voice mail) or  She can assist you in making a report and support you through the process.

To Report Misconduct by Bishops

To report misconduct by a bishop including both an allegation of sexual abuse and any cover up by way of actions or omissions intended to conceal information or to interfere with investigations, please contact the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service at or call toll free 1-800-276-1562. You may remain anonymous if you choose in both instances. The Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service will receive and relay those reports to the proper Church authorities for investigation.  Where a report includes a crime, such as the sexual abuse of a minor, it will also be reported to civil authorities.