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Anew: Building Beyond Violence and AbuseAnew: Building Beyond Violence and Abuse
Resources for Survivors:
- Emergency Shelter
- Crisis Intervention
- 24 Hour English/Spanish Hotline
- Adult and Children Counseling
- Transitional Housing
- Court Advocates
PO Box 937 Homewood IL 60430
Apna GharApna Ghar Contact: Neha Gill
Apna Ghar has locations on the north and south sides of Chicago, and serves the north and northwest suburbs via a location in Skokie, IL
24-Hour Crisis Line
Crisis support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone, text and email. We provide crisis counseling, advocacy, safety planning, information, resources and connection.
Safe Home/Emergency Housing
Our safe home provides a culturally sensitive, secure and healing environment for survivors to begin their journeys of healing and rebuilding. Residents are supported 24/7 by trained agency staff members.
Transitional/Second Stage Housing
Our transitional housing apartments provide stable, long-term housing for the families we serve so they can achieve their goals of stability and self-sufficiency. Residents are supported throughout their stay by our trained staff.
Case Management/Social Services
Case management services help survivors develop action plans for safety, stability and self-sufficiency. Our trained staff help program participants identify and address critical needs and connect to resources to achieve their housing, health care, employment, educational, financial and other goals.
Individual, group and family counseling for both adult and child survivors enables them to process and heal from the trauma of abuse, using psychosocial education, narrative therapy, support groups, expressive art therapy, conflict resolution, and other modalities.
Our advocates guide survivors through the legal system and help access available legal remedies, including civil and criminal orders of protection, pressing criminal charges, obtaining crime victims’ compensation, filing for divorce, custody, and support, as well as accessing immigration remedies through protective statutes such as the Violence Against Women Act. We operate a volunteer attorney led family law clinic in partnership with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS).
Supervised Visitation & Safe Exchange Services (SVSE)
SVSE creates a safe and healing environment for children to interact with visiting parents who have caused harm to the families. Our trained staff support these parents in repairing relationships with their children.
Arab American Family ServicesArab American Family Services
All information about our services is included on our website under “Services” with specific, up-to-date information here: http://arabamericanfamilyservices.org/
Arab American Family Services (AAFS), a nonprofit social service agency founded in 2001, provides caring, compassionate assistance to (South Suburban) Chicagoland residents, with special sensitivity to the cultural and linguistic needs of Arab Americans. AAFS offers support in the areas of public benefits, immigration, domestic violence, mental health, sexual assault and elderly services and sponsors outreach programs to build healthier families and communities. As a locally focused, nonpolitical and nonreligious agency, AAFS takes a leading role in building bridges respect and understanding between Arab-American and mainstream-American cultures. We not only assist Arab speakers in their native language and dialect, we are increasingly recognized by government agencies and other nonprofits as the best local resource for cultural exchange and translation services. AAFS serves as a catalyst for social change by actively seeking to confront the myths and taboos that have kept some Arab Americans from obtaining the assistance they need. By helping local neighbors overcome personal crisis, strengthen their families, and live healthier, more successful lives, Arab American Family Services is making a profound and positive impact in our community.
Domestic Violence Services Provided:
- Safety Planning and Service Planning
- Case Management
- Direct crisis intervention services for the victim and children
- Counseling for victims and their children
- Court support and assistance
- Orders of Protection
- Information and referral services
- Law enforcement intervention
- Criminal and civil justice advocacy
- In-house legal assistance
- Translation and Interpretation
- Toll-free 24-Hour Crisis Line (708) 945-7600
7000 W 111th St Suite 300 Worth IL 60482
Ascend JusticeAscend Justice
All information about our services is included on our website under “How We Help”, with specific, up-to-date info on accessing services here: https://www.ascendjustice.org/apply-for-services/
555 W. Harrison Street, #1900 Chicago IL 60607
17 N. State Street, #1390 Chicago IL 60602
Between FriendsBetween Friends
We can also be reached through the contact form on our website: https://www.betweenfriendschicago.org/
The primary services we offer to clients are counseling (in both group, individual, and family settings) and court advocacy (which includes explaining legal rights and options, assisting in obtaining an Order of Protection, and accompanying clients to court to provide emotional support). We also provide economic counseling and emergency economic assistance, assist with safety planning, and match and connect clients to other services, such as shelters, healthcare, employment services, or substance abuse treatment.
P.O. Box 608548 Chicago IL 60660
Brighton Park Neighborhood CouncilBrighton Park Neighborhood Council
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council – Community Schools
Program Description. Provides structured educational and enrichment activities for children and teens, including homework and studying help, through its after-school programs. Additionally offers English as a Second Language (ESL) and high school equivalency classes and testing for adults. Services are free. Programming is offered at seven schools in Brighton Park (Brighton Park Elementary School, Burroughs Elementary School, Curie Metro High School, Davis Elementary School, Shields Elementary School, Shields Middle School, and Thomas Kelly College Preparatory).
Contact Information. Please contact Maricela Bautista at 773-523-7110.
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council – Clinical Services
Program Description. Offers school-based counseling to address students’ mental health needs at six schools in Brighton Park (Brighton Park Elementary School, Burroughs Elementary School, Davis Elementary School, Shields Elementary School, Shields Middle School, and Thomas Kelly College Preparatory).
Contact Information. Please contact Veronica Ortiz at 773-558-3353 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council – Financial Services
Program Description. Offers financial coaching, rental counseling, eviction and foreclosure prevention support, and counseling for home buyers. Contact Information. Please call 773-523-7110.
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council – Public Benefits Enrollment
Program Description. Offers support applying for health insurance benefits and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Additionally assists eligible households in reconnecting or paying for gas, propane, electricity, and/or water through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Contact Information. Please call 773-523-7110.
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council – Success and Stability Program
Program Description. Provides comprehensive case management services and financial coaching to help families at risk of homelessness find stable housing and increase financial stability.
Contact Information. Please call 773-492-0990.
CAASE Chicago Alliance Against Sexual ExploitationCAASE Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
307 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1818 Chicago IL 60601
CADP – The Center for Advancing Domestic PeaceCADP – The Center for Advancing Domestic Peace
COVID19 Services are Virtual: Since March 16, 2020, all services have been provided virtually and in-person services will not be resumed until public health authorities in Illinois confirm that it is safe to resume in-person services in settings where distancing is not possible.
The Center for Advancing Domestic Peace is the only free-standing not-for-profit in Cook County and surrounding suburbs that focuses primarily on providing services to those who have harmed an intimate partner.
Our mission is to stop domestic violence where it starts by helping those who have harmed to take responsibility for their behavior, create healthy relationships and strengthen their communities.
The Center’s partner abuse intervention services are offered for men and women in English and Spanish and are available without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, educational level, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. Sliding Scale fees are available based on individuals financial circumstances.
Assessments and groups are provided through offices in Chicago and Wheaton.
Partner Abuse Intervention (PAI) – Beliefs & Skills for Domestic Peace
We are currently providing assessments by appointment Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (late appointments and Saturday appointments may be arranged depending on availability of staff). The 2-hour, comprehensive strengths-based and trauma-informed assessment is designed to determine appropriateness for group intervention and to screen for conditions that may affect a person’s ability to benefit from intervention. When accepted, clients are referred to an orientation group.
Each participant who is accepted is scheduled for an orientation session, a one-hour group during which the basic group format, policies and rules are explained to the participants and they receive directions for connecting with the group they have chosen. Orientations are typically scheduled twice monthly.
Partner abuse intervention groups are governed by the Illinois Administrative Code Title 89, part 501,which recommends co-facilitation by a man and a woman in each group. Facilitators must have completed the 40-hour training on Domestic Violence and a separate 20-hour training specific to PAI issues. To complete the intervention, participants in Illinois are required to participate in a minimum 24 consecutive weekly group meetings. Completion is based on meeting certain completion criteria, not merely on the number of groups attended, and the intervention can be extended if it is interrupted but excessive absences or if the participant is not complying in other areas (completing assignments, paying fees as agreed or renegotiating them, or engaging in disruptive or aggressive behavior in group). Monthly reports on progress toward meeting completion criteria are forwarded to the agent who referred the client for our services. A copy of the monthly report is given to the participant after it is sent to the referring agent.
Real Men Advancing Peace (RealMAP) and Sisters Peace Circle
The Center has two aftercare programs for person who have completed the 24-week program. The program for men is Real Men Advancing Peace (RealMAP), which provides two monthly groups (currently provided online) that give participants the opportunity to share their challenges and successes with input from staff co-facilitators. This program also provides for regular telephone contact with members who due to work or childcare responsibilities are unable to attend meetings. The contacts may be brief or lengthier depending on the participant’s needs. Prior to Covid 19 restrictions, we also organized monthly family events such as skating and bowling outings, movie attendance, trips to museums and other events to provide opportunities for participants to practice improving their skills as attentive and caring fathers. This is reinforced by discussions in the support groups of the challenges of fathering after violence as well as the importance of recognizing and addressing the traumatic effects of witnessing domestic violence.
For women we offer the same services as part of a program called Sisters Peace Circles, with groups, telephone contact and family events that have included family photographs, yoga days spa days in addition to the larger event that also include RealMAP. We have also invited all aftercare participants to some events that provide assistance with resume writing, interview skills and professional headshots, which also included new interview-appropriate clothing and tips on grooming.
Case Management and Individual Support:
The Center works to address the needs of the whole person and thus provides case management and individual support to assist individuals with collateral needs, that include mental health and substance abuse referrals, among others. We have found case management to be instrumental in increasing program participants’ ability to successfully complete their partner abuse intervention services allowing them to address important other issues in their lives especially now as more individuals need referrals for Covid-19 relief assistance such as housing, employment, financial assistance and more.
Individual Support and Counseling:
Center staff are available to provide some brief individual counseling to help prepare individuals for group services when needed and to also provide individual support when unintended situations arise to assist the individual to regain their equilibrium and to stay on track with their partner abuse intervention services.
Due to COVID-19 many individuals enrolled in services have required more one-on-one support in order to maintain their program participation and to cope with circumstances such as homelessness and unemployment caused by the pandemic. Staff members have been providing individual support both before and after regular group meetings, phone and text support on an as-needed basis to assist program participants with the many challenges they are currently facing.
Since the majority of the Center’s PAIP participants have histories of experiencing either community violence or domestic abuse as children or youth, addressing this trauma amidst the stresses of COVID-19 in their lives is very important and often requires brief individual counseling and/or referral for behavioral health services.
Neighborhood Barbers for Peace:
With assistance from the Chicago Foundation for Safe and Peaceful Communities, we began a program to recruit barbers, barber shops, barber colleges and cosmetologists. We provided handouts, brochures and posters, conducted “DV 101” workshops (and later DV 102, more advanced workshops) and worked with barbers to assist them in becoming community resources for domestic violence information. Barbershops are one of the few community locations where men gather and where they let down their mask of toughness for a little while, and barbers have a unique opportunity to provide information. The barbers can provide information and suggest the benefits of partnership without being directly critical or scolding.
One barber actually started regular Sunday afternoon sessions where he would show a domestic-violence related educational video and lead a discussion with patrons in the shop. Unfortunately this came to a halt due to the Covid mitigation efforts but we are prepared to resume this and have had discussions with barbers about how to be ready when restrictions are lifted.
Community Awareness Education
The Center’s staff members are available on request (depending on availability, which can change when census increases or caseloads are high) to join with partners from victim service agencies to provide information and education about domestic violence in general and the role of partner abuse intervention in particular. Some examples include provider fairs offered by several police districts and our work with the Domestic Violence Subcommittees of several Chicago Police department districts. The Center staff have provided the partner abuse segment as part of the 40-hour training for the Network, Apna Ghar, Family Rescue and other organizations.
Main Office 813 S Western Ave, Unit 1C Chicago IL 60612
Englewood Office 845 W 69th Street, Fl 1 Chicago IL 60621
Episcopal Church of Santa Teresa de Avila 6201 S St. Louis Ave. Chicago IL 60629
Wheaton Office 111 N County Line Road, Rm 145 Wheaton IL 60817
Casa CentralCasa Central Contact: Dara Durdic
Casa Central’s Violence Prevention & Intervention Program provides services to children, adults, seniors, and families who have been impacted by domestic violence, sexual abuse, community violence, and other traumas. Our services are free of charge and are available in both English and Spanish. Whether violence is seen, heard or experienced directly, it can impact the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Casa Central’s Domestic Violence Intervention and Safe Start services are free of charge. Anyone interested may contact us at 773.645.2376 or by email at email@example.com. After business hours, you may contact the 24-hour Domestic Violence Help Line at 1.877.863.6338.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of ChicagoCatholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
The House of the Good Shepard
Supportive Housing Campus with Comprehensive Services
- counseling and medical care
- adult learning
- child enrichment
773-935-3434 / https://www.hgschicago.org/
House of Peace
The House of Peace Shelter provides a secure, temporary residence for Latina women and children suffering from domestic violence. Our vision is to provide a haven for healing and build the foundation for successful independence for families.
224-430-4977 / https://houseofpeaceshelter.org/
Domestic Violence Counseling and Case Management Services
- Domestic Violence Counseling
- Safety Planning
- Case management and advocacy
- Mental Health Services
- Domestic Violence Support groups
- Life Skills Training Groups
- Referral and Linkages to Catholic Charities programs including Legal Assistance, Food, Health Care, Shelters, and Housing
- Community Education and Seminars on Healthy Relationships
- Outreach and Training for Parishes, Hospitals and Schools
CAWC Connections for Abused Women & ChildrenCAWC Connections for Abused Women & Children
Greenhouse Shelter provides emergency shelter to survivors and their families escaping domestic abuse.
CAWC provides individual and group counseling to survivors and children. This is available through an appointment in person or through Tele counseling.
Connections for Abused Women and their Children provides individual counseling to child victims of domestic violence through comprehensive Children’s Services at its Greenhouse Shelter and Humboldt Park Outreach Program sites.
Legal advocacy: Legal advocates assist domestic violence survivors with obtaining immediate and long-term legal protection. They provide education about the legal system, support during the legal processes, and extensive safety planning
1116 N. Kedzie Avenue Chicago IL 60651
Center on HalstedCenter on Halsted
773-871-2273 • firstname.lastname@example.org
773-472-6469 ext. 460 • email@example.com
HIV/AIDS IL State Hotline
HIV Resource Hub
Centro RomeroCentro Romero
Centro Romero is a 36-year-old multi-service agency that has been serving the immigrant and refugee communities of Edgewater, Rogers Park, and Uptown on the northeast side of Chicago with domestic violence services, immigration legal services, adult education classes, an after-school program, public benefits access, and ongoing outreach and advocacy.
6216 N. Clark St. Chicago IL 60660
Chicago Childrens Advocacy CenterChicago Childrens Advocacy Center
Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center and our partners are the front-line responders in Chicago to reports of child sexual abuse. We also respond to physical abuse, witness to violence, and other serious maltreatment. Since opening our doors in 2001, we have served more than 41,000 children.
ChicagoCAC is the city’s only nonprofit organization that coordinates the efforts of child protection staff, law enforcement professionals, family advocates, medical experts, and mental health clinicians under one roof. Our staff:
- facilitates our partners’ collaborative response
- arranges families’ visits to the center, including support services such as transportation and child life
- conducts forensic interviews
- provides family advocacy and crisis intervention services
- provides mental health therapy
All of our services are aimed at reducing trauma so that children and families may begin the healing process. ChicagoCAC’s services are free of charge to every client.
Crisis Center for South SuburbiaCrisis Center for South Suburbia
Since 1979, the Crisis Center for South Suburbia has been dedicated to providing a safe haven for victims of domestic violence (DV). Today, in addition to providing immediate safety, we offer an array of services to help victims gain independence and enable children to learn how to process the violence they have experienced in their young lives. The Crisis Center is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All services to victims of DV are free and confidential. CCSS offers a comprehensive approach to addressing the complex issue of DV. Programs include Housing and Victims Services, DV Outreach, and Prevention.
Programs and Services
- Emergency shelter – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year we provide emergency housing, food and support services to those who are experiencing DV in their lives
- Interim Housing – A longer shelter stay is offered to clients who have demonstrated motivation toward obtaining housing, but are struggling with barriers to secure housing.
- Transitional housing – This program is designed to assist those who lack the resources to become financially independent and helps them to gain life skills to disengage from their abusive pasts. Families can live in a community-based apartment for up to 24 months.
- Rapid Re-Housing – This program offers financial and supportive services for up to 24 months to help you out of homelessness.
- Counseling – Individual and group counseling services are offered free of charge to individuals and families victimized by DV.
- Court advocacy – At both the Markham and Bridgeview courthouses, our professional legal advocates assist with DV education, securing orders of protection and provide support during the legal process.
- Emergency services – CCSS provides limited funds to help individuals and families flee from violence and move toward self-sufficiency. Examples include but are not limited to lock changes, hotel vouchers, transportation or utility assistance.
- Aftercare services – Our professional counselors reach out to our former program clients and assess their needs and stability. Clients are reminded of resources and counselors ensure that clients are still living free from DV.
DV Outreach Services
- DV hotline – Trained volunteers and professionals are available 24/7 to provide victims of DV with support and resources to intervene in their crisis.
- Live Safe Patient Advocacy – Our advocates conduct screenings at local hospitals to identify and assist those in need of DV services.
- Law Enforcement Victim Outreach (LEAV) – We collaborate with local law enforcement to identify and support victims of DV and provide them with the resources and support they need.
- Community education We provide educational and engaging presentations to educate the community on the issue of DV. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at (708) 429-7255 Ex. 202 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit crisisctr.org to see our training opportunities.
- SAFE START – We collaborate with local schools to educate young people about dating violence and encourage healthy relationships. We provide students with resources to reach out for help should the need arise.
- Partner Abuse Intervention Program (PAIP) – In an effort to end abusive patterns and violence, batterers participate in a 26-week educational group that focuses on accepting responsibility for the violence.
PO Box 39 Tinley Park IL 60477
Family RescueFamily Rescue
Rosenthal Family Lodge (emergency housing) – address kept confidential 60617 773-375-8400 https://familyrescueinc.org/programs-services/rosenthal-family-lodge-program/
Ridgeland Apartments (transitional housing) – address kept confidential 60649 773-667-0715 https://familyrescueinc.org/programs-services/ridgeland-apartments-daycare/
New Heights Apartments (rapid-rehousing office) – 4953 S. Ashland Ave. 60609 773-948-7960
Chicago Police Department (CPD) 003rd District Office – 7040 S. Cottage Grove Ave. 60619 312-747-5493
CPD Area South Complex – 727 E. 111th St. 60628 872-702-4397
Domestic Violence Courthouse – 555 W. Harrison St., Room 220 60607 312-325-9300
Chicago’s Department of Family & Support Services Office (DFSS) Englewood (Mobile Unit Office) – 1140 W. 79th St. 60620 312-745-8296
DFSS East Garfield Park – 10 S. Kedzie Ave. 60612 (East Garfield Park) 312-743-0144
DFSS North Area – 845 W. Wilson Ave. 60640 (Uptown) 312-744-6195
DFSS Trina Davila – 4312 W. North Ave. 60639 (Hermosa) 312-744-3779
Administration/Community Outreach Offices 8811 S. Stony Island Ave. Chicago IL 60617
Healthcare Alternative SystemsHealthcare Alternative Systems
Offices in both Belmont Cragin and Western areas.
Free individual and group counseling; advocacy; legal advocacy; partner abuse intervention services; community education; mental health services; referrals. All services are in both Spanish and English.
2755 W. Armitage Ave Chicago IL 60647
Howard Area Community CenterHoward Area Community Center
Howard Area Community Center provides an all-encompassing domestic violence program for adults and their children who are experiencing or have experienced the trauma of domestic violence. Our services include legal advocacy both in domestic violence court and family relations court, case management, individual counseling, group counseling, and domestic violence education for clients involved in the child welfare system. Additionally, HACC offers domestic violence crisis services as well, including a 24-hour domestic violence hotline, food pantry, and assistance for clients needing safety at a domestic violence shelter. We also offer community education around domestic violence and its effects, as well as outreach services. Our services are bilingual, both in English and Spanish.
7648 North Paulina Street Chicago IL 60626
Howard BrownHoward Brown
At Howard Brown, we understand the impact sexual assault has on our community, and we are proud to offer the first holistic LGBTQ specific sexual assault program in the nation.
We are committed to the hard work, tough conversations, accountability, and healing. No longer can we remain silent. We support you – in health, in pride, and In Power.
Howard Brown Health’s In Power Program provides free and confidential: medical services, medical advocacy, legal advocacy, and behavioral health services for survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence.
These services include:
- MEDICAL SERVICES: STI testing, STI treatment, emergency contraception, full body exam
- MEDICAL FORENSIC EXAM/RAPE KIT: evidence collection up to 7 days after an assault (beginning 2/15)
- MEDICAL ADVOCACY: case management, crisis intervention, support in meeting day-to-day needs, referrals and linkage to community resources
- LEGAL ADVOCACY: order of protection, support in court for issues impacted by sexual assault
- BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: individual therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, and groups
Currently, our sexual assault services are available in person at Sheridan Rd and 63rd St or via telehealth. But you can receive your medical care at any Howard Brown location.
NURSING AND MEDICAL CARE
773-388-1600 (ext. 2839) OR (ext. 2963)
IN POWER BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & SUPPORT GROUP SERVICES
773-388-1600 ext. 4767
Services: Safety and service planning; case management; direct crisis intervention services for the victim and children; counseling for victims and their children; court support and assistance; information and referral services; criminal and civil justice advocacy; legal clinic; translation and interpretation; transitional housing program; 24-Hour crisis line
Mailing Address P.O. Box 996 Park Ridge IL 60068