How to File an Abuse Complaint

We are open to and respect your complaint. It is in a spirit of justice and compassion that we respond to your allegation. We are sorry for the pain you have experienced. We wish to help you have a voice. We want to help you heal.

We recognize that bringing a sexual misconduct complaint to the Diocese can be a frightening consideration. That is why we have contracted with Catholic Charities, Inc to provide Victim Assistance. We want to make this process as safe as possible and will proceed at the pace that you set, respecting your need for healing. The Victim Assistance Minister will accompany you through any or all of the stages of the process according to your wishes.

If the abuse is recent, first call law enforcement or the Florida Department of Children and Families Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873.

To report sexual abuse in the past from Church personnel (clergy, a church employee or volunteer) or a contractor/vendor, or if you are in need of assistance with a current incident, call the Victim Assistance Minister, Marti Zeitz. She can be reached by phone at 1-866-407-4505 or by email at MZeitz@ccdosp.org.

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You can write to:

Bishop Robert N. Lynch
P.O. Box 40200
St. Petersburg, FL 33743

(Mark “CONFIDENTIAL– FOR THE BISHOP ONLY” on the envelope)

If the abuse occurred outside the Diocese of St. Petersburg and you now reside with the Diocese, the Office of Victim Assistance will help you bring your concerns to church officials where the abuse occurred.

We will help you obtain support by providing:

  • Assistance and accompaniment through the reporting process
  • Information about counseling and or individual therapy
  • Information to help you heal spiritually through a spiritual companion or a healing group