Domestic Violence (Victim Services)
Bureau of Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description

Target

Domestic violence can happen to anyone. Anyone who is in or has been in an abusive relationship and their children may receive services regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, income, disability or sexual orientation

Purpose

Services are offered to help victims of domestic violence by giving them the tools they need for safety and self-sufficiency, as well as to promote prevention through education and outreach

Services

Domestic violence programs provide intervention services to victims including:

  • 24-hour crisis hotline to provide support, information and referral;
  • Counseling and advocacy;
  • Safety Planning;
  • Help in seeking legal remedies such as orders of protection and court advocacy;
  • Children's services;
  • Shelter;
  • Other services such as emergency medical care, employment assistance, educational assistance, educational assistance, and childcare.

In addition, domestic violence programs also conduct anti-violence programs in schools and educate communities about domestic violence, laws and law enforcement, and services.

Delivery Method

The Bureau of Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention funds domestic violence programs throughout the state. Domestic violence services are free and confidential. Help is available whether the individual stays in or leaves the relationship.

Program Data

SFY07 SFY08 SFY09 SFY 10
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $25,423.4 $24,516.0 $24,404.0 $22,277.0
Number of Grantees 64 64 64 64
Number Served 60,905 59,780 59,566 57,395

Program Effectiveness

  • Responded to over 182,545 hotline calls
  • Provided 564,856 hours of services to 57,395 individual adults and children.
  • Residential programs provided 232,011 days of shelter.
  • Programs also conducted over 99,468 hours of prevention and outreach activities that reached 463,234 community members.