Resources

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) conducted a needs assessment in 2016 to see what resources domestic violence victims needed most. The highest-ranking need determined by victims was counseling, followed by civil legal assistance. Our goal is to provide services for counseling and civil legal advocacy to equip our clients with useful skills during the healing process.

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ILLINOIS SURVEY OF VICTIM SERVICE NEEDS (N= 107)

ILCJIA provides a detailed record of the Domestic Violence in trends in Illinois and determine 42% of women experience Domestic Violence.
https://icjia.illinois.gov/researchhub/articles/domestic-violence-trends-in-illinois-victimization-characteristics-help-seeking-and-service-utilization

Signs of Abuse

Understanding the complexity of abuse can be a powerful tool in the prevention or hinderance of abuse. Abusers can be anyone from any multicultural background and it may be people you interact with. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence page does an amazing job describing the signs of abuse and what it may look like. We have provided the link to gain knowledge:
https://ncadv.org/signs-of-abuse

Dynamics of Abuse

The  Power and Control Wheel was put together to provide information to practitioners, victims, offenders, criminal justice system, and the general public about the most common types of abuse and tactics used in abusive situations. Here is the link provided to explore and educate yourself on the Power and Control Wheels:
https://www.theduluthmodel.org/wheels/

Resources for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence

  • If you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1
  • For Anonymous, Confidential Help available 24/7
    • National Domestic Violence Hotline
      Hours: 24/7. Languages: English, Spanish and 200+ through interpretation service
      Learn more
      1-800-799-7233 or  1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
      SMS: Text START to 88788

We have provided website links for information of resources available in Illinois for victims and survivors:
https://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/victims/
https://www.domesticshelters.org/help/il/chicago/60622/illinois-domestic-violence-hotline
https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=30275    (Domestic Violence Services)
https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=29735 (Mental Health Services)
https://www.mhai.org (Mental Health Association of Illinois)
https://illinois.psychiatry.org
https://illinois.psychiatry.org/resources
https://namiillinois.org/about-nami-illinois/ (Illinois Alliance on Mental Illness)
https://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/women/victims.html (Information for Victims such as Criminal Prosecutions)

Resources for Professionals Working with Victims and Survivors

Academic Articles provided by Responding to Intimate Violence in Relationship Programs (RIViR)
https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre/report/current-approaches-current-approaches-addressing-intimate-partner-violence-healthy
https://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre/report/prevalence-and-experiences-intimate-partner-violence-prevalence-and-experiences-among