Chicago and Illinois Domestic Violence Agencies and Organizations

The following is not a comprehensive list of domestic violence organizations in Chicago and Illinois.

A Safe Place (Zion, IL)
As the leading advocate for eliminating domestic violence in northern Illinois, A Safe Place provides information and training about domestic violence to students, professionals and the general community. A Safe Place is the sole provider of services exclusively addressing domestic violence in Lake County, Illinois. Through multi-faceted programs we assist victims in transforming their lives after domestic violence, prevent future abuse by addressing its root cause through abuser intervention programs, and educate the community about domestic violence and how we can all be involved in its end.

Apna Ghar (Chicago, IL – North Side)
Apna Ghar provides emergency shelter and transitional housing, along with a range of supportive services, to survivors of domestic abuse in the Chicago area. All services are free and available to survivors regardless of race, religion, ethnic origin, or socioeconomic status. A large proportion of Apna Ghar’s clients are immigrants from India, Pakistan and other Asian and African countries. Some have suffered the traumas of war and dislocation in addition to domestic violence, and 85 percent are low-income. To meet clients’ needs, services are culturally appropriate and provided in multiple languages.

Between Friends (formerly Friends of Battered Women and Their Children) (Chicago, IL – North Side)
Between Friends is a nonprofit agency dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and building a community free of abuse. In 1986, Between Friends was founded by volunteers from the National Council of Jewish Women and the North Shore Junior League of Evanston as a small grantmaking body dedicated to raising funds for local domestic violence programs. Today, Between Friends’ comprehensive programs and services include a toll-free Crisis Line (800-603-HELP), direct crisis intervention services for individuals and families, counseling for victims and their children, court advocacy, and prevention and education efforts, including healthcare education and our extensive teen dating violence prevention program, REACH (Relationship Education: A Choice for Hope). Each year, we work with thousands of individuals through these programs, all offered free of charge.

Illinois Department of Human Services Bureau of Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention
The Bureau of Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention supports comprehensive, community-based services to reduce the incidence of domestic and sexual violence and to ensure that survivors have acccess to safety, medical care, crisis support, legal advocacy and counseling services for themselves and their significant others. The Bureau also supports services to reduce and prevent domestic violence through education to abusers and assistance to the court system.

Center on Halsted (formerly Horizons Community Services) (Chicago, IL – North Side)
Center on Halsted LGBTQ Violence Resource Line was created in response to the growing need for victim assistance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive (LGBTQH) people. AVP is the only LGBTQ-specific program committed to addressing violence against and within LGBTQ communities in Illinois. It serves LGBTQ victims, witnesses, and friends of those who have experienced bias/discrimination, or domestic, sexual, hate or police violence in the Chicago area. The LGBTQ Violence Resource line is answered during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, and callers can expect a response within one business day. The line can provide callers with safety planning, information and referrals, personal, legal and media advocacy, public outreach and education, and reporting assistance. There are no fees for Violence Resource Line services. If you or someone you know has experienced discrimination, or domestic, sexual, hate or police violence, please contact the LGBTQ Violence Resource Line at 773-871-CARE (2273).

Chicago LGBT Youth Resource Guide
A guide containing further organizations promoting activism, drop-in programs, legal services, outreach and housing opportunities for youth in Chicago.

Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network (Chicago, IL – Downtown/Central)
The Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network (CMBWN) 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.

Connections for Abused Women and their Children (Chicago, IL)
Connections for Abused Women and their Children, formerly Chicago Abused Women Coalition, is committed to ending domestic violence. Using a self-help, empowerment approach, we provide a shelter for women and children, and counseling, advocacy, and a 24-hour hotline for people affected by domestic violence. We work for social change through education, service collaboration and institutional advocacy.

Crisis Center for South Suburbia (Tinley Park, IL)
The Crisis Center for South Suburbia is a non-profit community organization that provides emergency shelter and other essential services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence and addresses the societal issues that contribute to domestic violenc

Family Rescue (Chicago, IL – South Side, Downtown/Central)
Family Rescue is dedicated to eliminating domestic violence in the Chicago community by providing comprehensive support services and shelter to victims of domestic violence; particularly to abused women and their children; engaging in advocacy to promote future system change and encouraging prevention through community education.

House of the Good Shepherd (Chicago, IL)
House of the Good Shepherd offers an intensive residential recovery program for women with children who are struggling to overcome the trauma of domestic violence.  We promote healing and recovery for the mothers and children we serve, and empower the women to become self-sufficient so they can live thriving lives, free from poverty and violence.  Our services include individual, family, and group counseling; classes in domestic violence, substance abuse, wellness, and positive parenting; a Learning Center where women work on education and job readiness; training in budgeting and money management to ensure financial stability; and an Aftercare Program with support groups and services that promote long-term recovery.  We welcome abuse survivors regardless of race, ethnic origin, economic status, religious affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.

LifeSpan Center for Legal Services & Advocacy (Chicago, IL – Downtown/Central & Des Plaines, IL)
Life Span provides comprehensive services for women and children enabling them to stay together without violence, and/or to help women eliminate the abuse from their lives, build upon their strengths, and become self-sufficient. Life Span is committed to providing victims of abuse a range of non-residential options by defining domestic violence as a crime as well as a social problem. Life Span is also committed to reducing community acceptance and tolerance of abuse and increasing community awareness of domestic violence and sexual violence. Life Span provides community education and technical assistance to ensure responsive and appropriate treatment and delivery of public services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. LifeSpan is a leader in the provision of expert services from counseling and criminal court advocacy to legal representation in all types of family law cases.

Metropolitan Family Services – Calumet Center (Chicago, IL – South Side)
Called the “Miracle on 103rd Street” by U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., Metropolitan Calumet has been serving families throughout the Greater Roseland community for more than 50 years.  Families struggling with poverty and violence turn to Metropolitan Calumet for vital and supportive services provided by professional, caring staff. Programs and services include: ACES (At Risk Counseling and Education Services), Additional Learning Opportunitites (ALO), Adoption Preservation, African American Initiative, CLASS (Community Leaders Achieving School Success), Community Schools, Counseling, Differential Response (Pathways to Strengthening & Supporting Families), Extended Family Support, Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS), Family Violence Intervention Program, Family Works, Legal Aid, Mentoring Towards Success, Mentors of Mothers (MOMs), MOMs Plus, Parents Plus, Project STRIVE, Safe Start, School-Based Services, Seniors Homeowners Program, Systems of Care, and Upward Bound.

Metropolitan Family Services – Midway Center (Chicago, IL – Southwest Side)
At Metropolitan’s Midway Center, families and parents find strength and caring counsel to overcome incredible challenges. Children thrive and learn in safe environments like our full-day Midway Children’s Center and youth center. Serving families and individuals of all ages since 1988. Programs and services include: Adoption Preservation, Community Schools, Counseling, Elder Abuse Investigation, Family Violence Intervention Program, Healthy Families, Legal Aid, Mentors of Mothers (MOMs), Parents Plus, School-Based Services, Senior Caregivers, The Children’s Center (Midway), and Youth Center.

Mujeres Latinas en Acción (Chicago, IL – Near South Side; North Riverside, IL)
Mujeres Latinas en Acción (Mujeres), a bilingual/bicultural agency, empowers Latinas  by providing services which reflect their values and culture and being and advocate on the issues that make a difference in their lives. Founded in 1973, Mujeres is the longest standing incorporated Latina organization in the nation. Over the years Mujeres has developed a comprehensive array of social services and advocacy initiatives that promote non-violence, reproductive health and leadership development. Mujeres offers services that support all programs, which include general intake, volunteer training and childcare.

Pillars (La Grange, Berwyn, Hickory Hills, Summit, Western Springs, and Hodgkins, IL)
Pillars is a not-for-profit social service organization formed through the July 2006 merger of Community Care Options (1928) and Pillars Community Services (1968). Pillars keeps our communities healthy and strong by providing quality, community-based services for over 10,000 individuals and families annually who are facing challenges and crisis. Pillars utilizes a community wraparound approach, offering a wide spectrum of fully-integrated services that collectively offer the strongest possible safety net.

Rainbow House (Chicago, IL)
Rainbow House is a not-for-profit agency dedicated to the goal of reducing the incidence of domestic violence and the devastating impact that often goes with it. As part of that effort, Rainbow House works with communities and families across Chicago to address the roots of violence. Since 1982, Rainbow House has provided critical intervention, compassionate care, legal assistance, therapeutic solutions, educational outreach and consistent, seamless support to women and children across the City of Chicago whose lives have been shattered by domestic violence.

Sarah’s Inn (Oak Park, IL)
Sarah’s Inn is committed to ensuring a violence-free society with guaranteed rights, protection under the law and equal access to services for all women and their families. We believe in the strength of the women and families we serve. We are dedicated to restoring and preserving the dignity and self-sufficiency of battered women and their families by providing a broad range of comprehensive services in the areas of safety, prevention, intervention, advocacy, education and support.

Turning Point (Woodstock, IL)
Turning Point is a domestic violence agency with a mission to confront violence against women and children in McHenry County, Illinois. We offer the following programs and services: 24-hour Crisis Intervention and Response, Emergency Shelter, Individual and Group Counseling, Trauma-Based Mental Health Services, Children’s Individual and Group Counseling, Partner Abuse Intervention Program (PAIP), Adolescent Alternatives, Parenting Program, Latino Bilingual/Bicultural Services, Legal and Non-Legal Advocacy, Information and Referral, Prevention and Community Education, and Emergency Food and Clothing Pantries.

Victim Advocacy Support Program (Rogers Park, IL)

Victim Advocacy Support Program (VASP) provides comfort and emotional support for victims of domestic violence and other violent crime. VASP guides them as they struggle with the aftermath of transgressions.  Services include:

  • Case management
  • Court support and assistance
  • Orders of Protection
  • Information and referral services
  • Law enforcement intervention
  • Criminal and civil justice advocacy

YWCA Evanston/North Shore (Evanston, IL)
The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity. At the YWCA Evanston/North Shore, we carry out this mission by providing a wide range of programs and services to meet the needs of the unique and diverse communities we serve, including: domestic violence services; flying fish aquatics; building healthy relationships, violence prevention programming for youth; young women’s leadership; economic empowerment; and racial justice initiatives.


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