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

Program Description


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


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.


Domestic violence programs provide intervention services 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.
  • Programs may also provide other services, such as emergency medical care, employment 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

Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $24,481.6 $24,380.6 $25,423.4 $24,516.0
Number of Grantees 67 66 64 64
Number Served * 73,069 74,000 60,905 59,780

*Unduplicated Count

Program Effectiveness

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2008, domestic violence programs in Illinois responded to over 219,283 hotline calls and provided 619,475 hours of services to 59,780 individual adults and children. Residential programs provided 231,444 days of shelter. Programs also conducted over 114,042 hours of prevention and outreach activities that reached 522,817 community members.