Domestic Violence Resources

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The Mission of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is to organize for collective power by advancing transformative work, thinking and leadership of communities and individuals working to end the violence in our lives.

Family Violence Prevention Fund
The Family Violence Prevention Fund works to prevent violence within the home, and in the community, to help those whose lives are devastated by violence because everyone has the right to live free of violence.

National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
The National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCDSV) designs, provides, and customizes training and consultation, influences policy, promotes collaboration and enhances diversity with the goal of ending domestic and sexual violence.

Stalking Resource Center
The Stalking Resource Center is a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime. Launched in July 2000, with initial funding from the Violence Against Women Office of the U.S. Department of Justice, their dual mission is to raise national awareness of stalking and to encourage the development and implementation of multidisciplinary responses to stalking in local communities across the country.

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) addresses the pervasive problem of violence committed against and within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP is a coalition of programs that document and advocate for victims of anti-LGBT and anti-HIV/AIDS violence/harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, police misconduct and other forms of victimization. NCAVP is dedicated to creating a national response to the violence plaguing these communities. Further, NCAVP supports existing anti-violence organizations and emerging local programs in their efforts to document and prevent such violence.

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Charged with eliminating domestic abuse in the State of Illinois, with primary focus on women and their children, ICADV provides local services to the victims of domestic violence. ICADV services include crisis telephone counseling, and/or temporary shelter for the victim and their dependent children, and/or peer and professional counseling, and/or assistance in obtaining community resources, and/or help in acquiring employment skills, and/or work referral. ICADV seeks to expose the roots of domestic violence, with primary emphasis on the institutionalized subservience of women

Illinois Department of Human Services
They can help you meet basic needs, cope with illness, emergencies, or other challenges to self-sufficiency. Use this section to learn how to improve and maintain health and well-being.

Illinois Department on Aging
The Illinois Department on Aging helps older people live independently in their own homes and communities. As the population ages, services and programs for older people must evolve as well because longevity means more when quality of life is enhanced. Working with Area Agencies on Aging, community-based service providers and older people themselves, the Illinois Department on Aging strives to improve quality of life for current and future generations of older Illinoisans.

Sexual Violence Resources

Sexual Assault Counseling and Information Service (SACIS)
1505 18th Street Suite 2, Charleston, IL 61920
Serving Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Edwards, Jasper, Richland, Wabash and southern Clark Counties in Illinois, SACIS provides crisis and on-going services to victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Counseling services are also available to the victims’ significant others (parents/guardians, siblings, spouses, etc.). Services include individual and group counseling, medical and criminal justice advocacy, information and referral, institutional advocacy, public education and professional training.

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

FORGE is a national transgender anti-violence organization, founded in 1994. Since 2009, they have been federally funded to provide direct services to transgender, gender non-conforming and gender non-binary survivors of sexual assault.

Maryville University – Understanding the Me Too Movement
The “Me Too” movement, which focuses on the experiences of sexual violence survivors, has earned a large response precisely because sexual harassment and sexual assault impact people every day. By sharing their own experiences, the movement’s proponents hope to show just how common sexual harassment is. The hope is that, if people are more aware of sexual harassment and how casually it is sometimes treated, then tolerance for it will decrease and support for victims will rise. This guide from Maryville University Online will help you to understand the origins of the Me Too movement, the facts about sexual harassment, and the options available for someone who has been sexually harassed.

The Recovery Village
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a heightened, prolonged stress response that develops into a chronic mental health condition. Growing public awareness of the experiences of traumatized veterans and victims of sexual assault is encouraging more people to open up about trauma-related distress, making PTSD an increasingly common diagnosis and focal point of mental health initiatives.

Men Can Stop Rape
Men Can Stop Rape mobilizes male youth to prevent men’s violence against women. They build young men’s capacity to challenge harmful aspects of traditional masculinity, to value alternative visions of male strength, and to embrace their vital role as allies with women and girls in fostering healthy relationships and gender equity.

Guide to Defining Sexual Consent and Preventing Sexual Assault
Defining Sexual Consent by Priority STD
The #MeToo movement has helped bring to light how prevalent sexual assault is (and has been) in America. At the same time, the movement is helping people become aware that consent is absolutely necessary to ethically and legally have sex. Many people are still not entirely aware of what consent entails, or what constitutes sexual assault. A warning: The content of this guide discusses sensitive topics, and may be triggering for victims of sexual assault or rape.


Legal Resources

Women’s Law
The mission of is to provide easy-to-understand legal information to women living with or escaping domestic violence.

American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence
The Commission provides individualized support to attorneys representing victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking that includes research assistance, sample practice tools, model pleadings, and access to experts in the field. Commission members, Liaisons and Commission staff include national experts in many areas of domestic violence and the law.

Illinois Legal Advocate
If you need legal help you can find information about your legal rights and responsibilities, referrals to free and low cost legal aid offices, and forms and instructions for representing yourself.

Southern Illinois University School of Law Self-Help Legal Clinic
The Self-Help Legal Center provides assistance to the institutions that come into contact with pro-se litigants in 3 ways:
– Creating materials to address their constituency’s problems
– Providing training on how to assist pro-se litigants
– Acting as a resource to which institutions can refer persons who want to resolve a legal problem on their own

Land of Lincoln Legal Aid
1817 South Neil Street, Suite 203
Champaign, Illinois 61820 Land of Lincoln Legal Aid, is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation. They provide free civil legal services to low-income persons and senior citizens in 65 counties in central and southern Illinois. Their mission is to pursue civil justice for low-income persons through representation and education.

LGBTQ Guide to Fair Housing in 2019
Finding, buying, or renting a home can be a stressful process even when things go as expected. But a home search is a whole other challenge for those who experience discrimination.

Illinois Department of Corrections
(217) 558-2200
The mission of the Department of Corrections is to protect the public from criminal offenders through a system of incarceration and supervision which securely segregates offenders from society, assures offenders of their constitutional rights and maintains programs to enhance the success of offenders’ reentry into society.

Illinois Sex Offender Information
1-888-41-ISORT (1-888-414-7678)
The Sex Offender Registry was created in response to the Illinois Legislature’s determination to facilitate access to publicly available information about persons convicted of sex offenses. ISP has not considered or assessed the specific risk of re-offense with regard to any individual prior to his or her inclusion on this Registry and has made no determination that any individual included in the Registry is currently dangerous. Individuals included on the Registry are included solely by virtue of their conviction record and Illinois state law. The primary purpose of providing this information is to make the information easily available and accessible, not to warn about any specific individuals.

Employment Resources

Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence
The Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the costs and consequences of partner violence at work–and eliminating it altogether. From policies and programs to legal issues and legislation, CAEPV is a source for information, materials and advice.

Safe@Work Coalition
The Safe@Work Web site is designed to assist employers in addressing the issue of domestic violence. It has been organized to make information available about training curricula, and to model domestic violence workplace policies, address legal issues, and provide domestic violence statistics and resources for employers and employees, as well as offer referrals to necessary social service providers.

Illinois Employment Training Center
217-782-3846 (Springfield)
IETC’s statewide fulfill the same mission of providing job training, educational, informational and job placement services that link employers with people seeking employment.

Illinois Work Net Center
There are many great services available to help Illinois’ residents support themselves and their families in a time of need. If you need help getting back on your feet financially, obtaining unemployment insurance, finding childcare and health insurance, or managing your money Illinois workNet can help by pointing you in the right direction.

Youth Resources

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services provides child welfare services in Illinois. It is also the nation’s largest state child welfare agency to earn accreditation from the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services (COA). Their goal is to make sure all Illinois children live in safe and loving homes. Their web site can provide you with useful information to help you navigate the state’s child welfare system.

Love is Respect – National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
In response to the alarming rates of teen dating abuse through technology and the severe knowledge gap between parents and their teens, the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) and Liz Claiborne Inc. joined together to launch this program.

Break the Cycle
Break the Cycle engages, educates, and empowers youth to build lives and communities free from domestic and dating violence.