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Where to Find Help

UPDATED June 24, 2015

Chicago Area Programs


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Apna Ghar, Inc. Domestic Violence Shelter
4350 North Broadway
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60613
Hotline: 1-800-717-0757 or 773-334-4663
Phone: 773-883-HOME (4663)
Web: http://www.apnaghar.org
Email: info@apnaghar.org
Apna Ghar is a domestic violence shelter serving primarily Asian and Middle Eastern women and children. They have a 24-hour hotline service, a 24-hour emergency shelter for women and children where they can stay for up to 90 days, individual and group counseling for residents and non-residents with a focus on breaking the cycle of violence. Their legal advocacy helps survivors understand and navigate the legal system, both civil and criminal, and they help immigrant survivors of gendered violence obtain status and work authorizations. The center also serves as a location for supervised child visitation and a safe exchange location. They also have an outreach and education department.

Between Friends
P.O. Box 608548
Chicago, IL 60660
Hotline: (800) 603-HELP (4357)
Phone: 773-274-5232
Phone: TTY: 773-274-6508
Fax: 773-262-2543
Web: http://www.betweenfriendschicago.org
Between Friends is a non-profit agency that provides education, support, counseling, and advocacy services to prevent domestic violence. Their crisis hotline is available 24 hours a day. They offer counseling for individuals, families, and group settings as well as for financial literacy, direct assistance, and for childcare. The court advocacy program helps survivors secure Criminal or Civil Orders of Protection for Rolling Meadows and downtown Chicago in both English and Spanish. They accompany them to court, follow up on their case, and advocate for them with other agencies. Between Friends can also connect you to family law attorneys through their free legal clinics in Rogers Park and Rolling Meadows. A Choice for Hope (REACH) is a comprehensive teen dating violence prevention program and they have community education and healthcare programs. Every month they offer opportunities for domestic violence survivors to meet with family law attorneys who provide free legal advice to survivors of domestic violence. During these one-on-one consultations, attorneys answer questions about orders of protection, divorce, child support, child custody, and other issues. We are currently offering these legal clinics: North Side of Chicago: When: 4th Wednesday of every month; Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm; Where: Between Friends' main office in Chicago (Call (773) 274-5232 x 23 for more information or to reserve your space at the next legal clinic.) In Rolling Meadows: When: 3rd Wednesday of every month; Time: Noon-2:00pm; Where: Rolling Meadows Courthouse; (Please call (847) 818-8900 for more information or to reserve your space at the next legal clinic.)

Connections for Abused Women and their Children
1116 N. Kedzie, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60647-7316
Hotline: (773) 278-4566 (24 hours)
Phone: (773) 489-9081 Administrative Office
Phone: 773-278-4114 TTY
Web: http://www.cawc.org
Email: cawcadmin@mindspring.com
Connections for Abused Women and their Children ("CAWC") provides a shelter for women and children (including boys up to 18 years old accompanied by their mothers), counseling, and advocacy, and a 24-hour hotline for people affected by domestic violence. The Haymarket Center has a comprehensive alcohol and drug treatment program. The Hospital Crisis Intervention Project provides quality direct medical services to victims of domestic violence and is located at John Stroger Hospital. The Humboldt Park Outreach Program is a counseling outreach program for victims of domestic violence that have left the shelter or have not yet made the decision to leave their abuser. The services offered include crisis intervention, counseling, safety planning, information and referral and legal advocacy on an individual as well as group basis. Spanish is spoken.

Family Rescue, Inc.
9204 South Commercial Ave, Suite 401
(Mailing Address: P.O. Box 17528)
Chicago, IL 60617
Chicago County
Hotline: 800-360-6619 (24 hours) or 773-375-8400 (Spanish is spoken)
Phone: (773) 375-1918
Phone: TTY: 773-375-8774
Fax: Fax: 773-734-1245
Web: http://www.familyrescueinc.org
Email: administration@familyrescueinc.org
Family Rescue provides support services and shelter for domestic violence victims, all services are provided in both English and Spanish. The shelter is open 24-hours a day, every day of the year, and houses women and their children, including teen boys up to 18 years old accompanied by their mother. Family Rescue also has a subsidized permanent housing to help victims of domestic violence transition from homelessness to an independent and secure lifestyle. This includes programs for children who have been exposed to domestic violence and daycare programs. Finally, the Court Advocacy Program helps clients with orders of protection, child support and custody, and divorce.

Korean American Women in Need (KAN-WIN)
P.O. Box 59133
Chicago, IL 60659
Hotline: (773) 583-0880
Phone: 773-583-1392
Fax: 773-583-2454
Web: http://www.kanwin.org
Email: info@kanwin.org
Korean American Women in Need provides free comprehensive services to women and children affected by domestic violence such as a 24-hour hotline, transitional housing, legal advocacy, case management, support group for survivors, children’s programs, and sexual assault services programs. All programs are bilingual (Korean and English) and there is a language translator for non- English or non-Korean-speaking callers to the hotline.

Life Span Center for Legal Services and Advocacy
70 E Lake Street, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60601
Hotline: After Hours Crisis Line: 847-532-9540
Phone: (312) 408-1210
Fax: (312) 408-1223
Web: http://www.life-span.org/
Email: life-span@life-span.org
Life Span provides free legal services for issues related to domestic violence and sexual assault including direct legal representation (in both English and Spanish) in actions for orders of protection, custody, visitation, and child support to Illinois residents including immigrants who are suffering from domestic violence that do not have legal immigration documents. Also provides domestic violence training for those interested in helping others and counseling for adults, teens, and children who have suffered from or been exposed to domestic violence.

Metropolitan Family Services - Chicago offices
One North Dearborn, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60602
Hotline: (312) 986-4000; Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services Intake: 312-986-4200
Phone: If you are a current client or need to contact one of our staff members, call: 312-986-4015
Fax: Fax: 312-986-4289
Web: https://www.metrofamily.org
Email: contactus@metrofamily.org
Metropolitan Family Services has locations throughout Illinois. They provide clinical social workers and counselors, case managers, mental health professionals, early childhood educators and lawyers that provide counsel and services. There is also a legal branch - The Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services helps low-income clients with a wide range of legal issues from cases of domestic violence, family and elder law, and housing and consumer issues. See below for a list of other Chicago-based locations: Metropolitan Family Services Calumet Center 235 East 103rd Street Chicago, IL 60628 773-371-3697 Metropolitan Family Services Midway Center 3843 West 63rd Street Chicago, IL 60629 773-884-2290 Metropolitan Family Services North Center 3249 North Central Avenue Chicago, IL 60634 773-371-3700 Southeast Chicago Center 3062 East 91st Street Chicago, Illinois 60617 Phone: 773-371-2900

Mujeres Latinas en Acción
2124 W. 21st Place
Chicago, IL 60608
Hotline: (312) 738-5358
Phone: (773) 890-7676
Fax: (773) 890-7650
Web: http://www.mujereslatinasenaccion.org
Mujeres Latinas is a social service that addresses the needs of Latinas such as health, safety, culture, financial security, and women's rights. All of their services are in both Spanish and English. Mujeres Latinas does not provide legal representation.

Neopolitan Lighthouse
P.O. Box 24709
Chicago, IL 60624-0709
Hotline: (773) 722-0005
Phone: (773) 638-0228
Web: http://www.neopolitanlighthouse.org
Email: pcneopolitan@gmail.com
Neopolitan Lighthouse has a 25-bed domestic violence shelter which is open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year for women and children fleeing abusive relationships, where families can stay for 180 days, and are provided with counseling, support groups, and case managers. The legal advocacy department helps women obtain orders of protection, and will accompany women to both civil and criminal courts. They can also provide referrals for divorce and child support cases.

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