Please note this is not a comprehensive list. For other options and resources please contact an advocate to discuss your needs.
- Chicago Domestic Violence Helpline 877.863.6338
The Division on Domestic Violence in the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services operates the DV Hotline in partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network in order to provide information, options, counseling and legal and shelter services to those seeking help in a domestic violence situation. This means the line is used by not only victims/survivors, but also by concerned family and friends, perpetrators of domestic violence, helping professionals, health care workers, faith leaders, law enforcement/police personnel and prosecutors. Bi-lingual and bi-cultural Spanish speaking advocates are always available as well as a catalog of over 140 other languages from the Language Line.
- Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline 888.293.2080
The Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides survivors of sexual assault/abuse and their significant others immediate support, crisis intervention and referrals for the city of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Volunteers and staff at the hotline have received extensive training in sexual assault crisis intervention. There is no typical rape survivor, so women, men, children, trans* and others are eligible to use this free service.
RVA’s services are threefold in that they offer 1) advocacy, 2) counseling and 3) education/training. Their advocacy is available at 11 Chicago-area hospitals so that when a survivor is in one of the partnered Emergency Rooms, an advocate is paged to come and assist the medical staff in handling the case with emotional support, medical and legal information, referrals and follow-up services. Free and confidential counseling is provided to survivors of sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse and incest. Types of counseling available to choose from are individual, couple/family and group. Lastly, education and training opportunities are available to a wide array of audiences. This includes CPS, community groups, social service organizations, university classrooms/student alliances and professional training for social workers, clergy, law enforcement, university faculty and staff.
The YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago is “dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” They focus on economic empowerment, racial justice, sexual violence and support services and early childhood services through a variety of programs, initiatives and methods. Through these programs, the YWCA succeeds in providing women with the support and tools they need to transform their lives, be confident in their choices and raise healthy families.
Connections for Abused Women and their Children provides a shelter for women and children, counseling, advocacy and a 24-hour hotline in their commitment to end domestic violence. The help a woman receives when she flees an abusive relationship increases her ability to remain free from abuse. For battered women, CAWC services open up the possibility of forgotten dreams: education, career, better futures for their children, and lives free of fear and violence.
Apna Ghar (‘Our Home’) provides free holistic services and conducts advocacy across immigrant communities to end gender violence. Apna Ghar empowers women to be self-sufficient by a full spectrum of services from education to emergency housing to counseling and legal services. Their goal is to be a place that offers warmth, comfort, confidentiality, and the services most needed in a time of turmoil for survivors of gender violence.
Mujeres Latinas en Acción empowers Latinas through providing services which reflect their values and culture and being an advocate on the issues that make a difference in their lives. Chicago Latina women can benefit from a variety of programs offered, spanning the topics of domestic violence, Latina leadership, sexual assault, Empresarias de Futuro, parent support, Ventanilla de Salud, Proyecto Juventud and child care. With the specific focus on the Latina population of the Chicagoland area, issues are presented in a way that is understandable and relatable.
The Broadway Youth Center is a program of the Howard Brown Health Center. The HBHC is now one of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations specializing in primary medical care, behavioral health, research, HIV/STD prevention, youth services, elder services, and community initiatives. They exist to eliminate the disparities in health care experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people through research, education and the provision of services that promote health and wellness. The Broadway Youth Center continues this mission by offering services to homeless youth through a safe space that offers: clothing vouchers, laundry facilities, a food bank, a place to hang out with friends, listen to music or get something to eat, and community and youth-led workshops.
The Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault consists of 29 sexual assault crisis centers and 27 satellite offices across Illinois. Each center and satellite responds to victims of sexual assault. Staff and volunteers provide counseling, education and advocacy for victims and their families regardless of age, race or income. The rape crisis centers conduct training and prevention programs for local schools, law enforcement, hospitals and civic groups.
The Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a not for profit, membership organization that works to eliminate violence against women and their children by promoting the eradication of domestic violence throughout Illinois. This is accomplished by ensuring the safety of survivors, their access to services, and their freedom of choice; holding abusers accountable for the violence they perpetrate; and encouraging the development of victim-sensitive laws, policies and procedures across all systems that impact survivors. Additionally, ILCADV offers in-person trainings and live-hosted online webinar modules.