Domestic violence can be a difficult cycle to break free from for those living through it. Whether the abuse is strictly physical or also mental, monetary or any other form, the abuse is unacceptable and demands intervention. Fortunately, there are resources and organizations in the Chicago area dedicated to help those affected by domestic violence.
City of Chicago Office on Domestic Violence
Established in 1998, this service works with the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network to operate a hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This hotline is run by trained domestic violence advocates and provides general information and referrals to proper services. The staff can also provide information including community-based referrals on shelters, counseling, legal advocacy, civil legal services, supervised child visitation centers and perpetrator services.
Chicago Battered Metropolitan Women’s Network
The mission of the network according to their website is a collaborative membership organization dedicated to improving the lives of those impacted by domestic violence through education, public policy and advocacy and the connection of community members to direct service providers. The group also works in the legal community to help victims and survivors.
Illinois Coalition against Domestic Violence
The Illinois Coalition against Domestic Violence is a statewide program for survivors of domestic violence and their children. The organization assistson the local and state levels to keep domestic violence survivors safe and hold abusers accountable. The hotline provides confidential referrals and resources covering services available throughout the entire state of Illinois. Find a detailed map of victim service programs in Cook County at the group’s website here.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Launched in 1996, this hotline has helped more than 4 million people as of 2016. While operating as a national organization, the group had 6,494 contacts with people from Illinois in 2017. More than 50 percent of those were victims or survivors ages 19 to 36. Additionally, more than 50 percent of callers to the hotline were minorities with a majority of all calls from Illinois coming from the Chicago area.
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