Places that Help: Illinois
Apna Ghar, Inc. Domestic Violence Shelter
4350 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60613
1-800-717-0757 or 773-334-4663
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.
(800) 603-HELP (4357)
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.
Connections for Abused Women and their Children
1116 N. Kedzie, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60647-7316
(773) 278-4566 (24 hours)
(773) 489-9081 Administrative Office
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.
Family Rescue, Inc.
9204 South Commercial Ave, Suite 401
(Mailing Address: P.O. Box 17528)
Chicago, IL 60617
800-360-6619 (24 hours) or 773-375-8400 (Spanish is spoken)
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.
Korean American Women in Need (KAN-WIN)
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
After Hours Crisis Line: 847-532-9540
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
(312) 986-4000; Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services Intake: 312-986-4200
If you are a current client or need to contact one of our staff members, call: 312-986-4015
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:
Mujeres Latinas en Acción
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 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.
Wellspring Center for Hope
Wellspring Center for Hope provides comprehensive walk-in services to victims of domestic violence including crisis intervention and case management, creation of safety and service plans, counseling, legal advocacy including accompaniment to court, referrals for support services.
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