Read "When I Call for Help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence Against Women."
In 1992, the U.S. Catholic Bishops issued a strong condemnation of the church's handling of domestic violence. They called for a "correct reading of Scripture" with regard to relationships between men and women. They condemned abusers and pastors who use scripture to justify the abuse of women. Further, they called upon priests, pastors, and church lay teams to become "first responders" who protect the abused. The Bishops reissued their declaration 10 years later, in 2002. To learn much more about how the church can battle domestic violence, read their statement in its entirety.