Clergy Abuse

The California Department of Justice is gathering information from the public regarding complaints of sexual abuse of children by members of clergy or religious organizations.

If you believe you have been a victim of sexual abuse or have information regarding incidents of sexual misconduct by clergy members, please fill out our online complaint form. If you would like to provide other information, please email We recommend you also provide information on potential criminal conduct to local law enforcement directly. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please contact local law enforcement by calling 9-1-1.

Please note: The California Department of Justice cannot answer legal questions or give legal advice to individuals and does not generally intervene in individual cases. However, we thoroughly review each and every complaint submitted to our office and, where appropriate, we may refer complaints to local authorities.