Residential Services begin with the Emergency Residential Shelter Program which provides a safe haven for women and children who are fleeing a domestic violence situation. The Center provides critical safety and emergency short-term shelter in a 35-bed, accessible residential facility. In FY19, the Crisis Center provided over 12,000 nights of shelter to 197 adults and 111 children who were homeless as a result of domestic violence.
The Transitional Housing Program provides up to two years of supportive housing services in apartments in the community while survivors work toward long-term independence. In FY19, 20 adults and 14 children benefitted from 9,284 days of transitional housing and supportive services.
We are incredibly proud of the fact that 97% of those who complete our transitional Housing program NEVER RETURN TO THEIR ABUSER!
The Clinical Counseling Program offers individual, group, and family counseling to individuals affected by domestic violence. Masters-level counselors provide clinical counseling services to clients at the shelter and to women and children living in the community. Clients learn about domestic violence, receive support to heal from abuse, and explore options for safety and independence. In FY19, over 3,600 hours of counseling and therapeutic intervention were provided for 548 adults and 93 children.
The Court Advocacy Program works with victims of domestic violence in the Circuit Court of Cook County Fifth and Sixth Municipal Districts, providing education on domestic violence and the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, and information and support on legal options. This program equips victims with a safety plan and advocates on their behalf with the legal system. In FY19, trained professionals, many of whom are bilingual, at both the Markham and Bridgeview courthouses assisted 1,136 adult clients with services in court.
801 orders of protection were filed and 91% were granted!
Staff members also work with 21 police departments on a formal basis to assist police officers with follow-up for victims.
Our Live Safe Patient Advocacy program continues to grow and now operates at Advocate Christ Hospital, Little Company of Mary Hospital and Silver Cross Hospital. We conduct screenings to identify and assist those seeking to break free from abuse. In FY19, 3.549 patients were screened and 17% were identified as victims. 115 people became Crisis Center clients and received services to enhance their safety.
Community Education: Informational presentations on domestic violence and Crisis Center services are offered to community organizations and groups. In addition, professional staff members present educational and professional trainings to law enforcement agencies, medical institutions, universities, and other organizations. In FY19, 722 presentations were provided to more than 3,500 professionals and community members.
The Safe Start Dating Violence Prevention Program collaborates with schools, community organizations, churches, and youth groups to educate young people on the risks of dating violence. During FY19, over 399 dating violence prevention classes benefited more than 5,080 students.
The Choices Partner Abuse Intervention Program complies with the Illinois Protocol for Partner Abuse Intervention Program to help batterers end the cycle of violence. Court-mandated batterers or voluntary clients participate in a 26-week education and therapy group at a satellite location. During the 2019 fiscal year, over 5,000 hours of education and group therapy provided to over 100 abusers.