Victim Assistance

The Diocese of Des Moines is committed to transparency and accountability in creating a safe environment for children and adults. As a part of this process, you can learn more about our policies & code of conduct, VIRTUS, and how to report child abuse.

Victim Assistance Advocate

The bishop has appointed Sam Porter as the Victim Assistance Advocate. He is also a staff member at Polk County Crisis & Advocacy Services. Porter assists victims through the complaint process, and in seeking support and counseling services. Interested parties can call Porter at (515) 286-2015 or e-mail at to make a complaint or seek support or counseling. Please see "File a Complaint" for instructions on filing a formal complaint with the diocese.

Una alegación de abuso sexual de un menor de edad por un parroco de la iglesia católica se puede hacer contactando a la encargada(o) de Asistencia para Victimas de la dióceses. Para contactarse con la encargada(o), llame al (515) 286-2031 o mande un mensaje electronico a:

Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (updated in 2018) was originally established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in June of 2002, as part of an effort to address issues surrounding allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy.

Visit for more information concerning the U.S. Conference and the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Read the Charter