Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Community Services

Program Description

Target

Victims of sexual assault, their families, and friends. This includes adult survivors of child sexual abuse as well as survivors of recent assaults. Services are available regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, income, disability, or sexual orientation.

Eligibility Criteria

Universal

Purpose

To reduce the incidence of rape and other forms of sexual assault and ensure that survivors of sexual assault have access to quality emergency medical care, crisis support, medical and legal advocacy and counseling services for themselves, families and friends.

Services

Free crisis services are available 24 hours per day. Services include 24-hour hotline; 24-hour response to victims at hospital emergency rooms and police stations; assistance with follow-up medical care and criminal justice procedures, advocacy for victims and counseling for victims, their families and friends.

The rape crisis centers conduct training and prevention programs for local schools, law enforcement, hospitals and civic groups.

Delivery Method

The Bureau of Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention funds the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, which consists of 33 sexual assault crisis centers and satellite offices located throughout the state.

Program Data

Program Data SFY09 SFY10 SFY11
Program Expenditures (Numbers in 000's) $5,834.6 $5,123.7 $4,460.2
Number of Grantees 1 1 1
Number Served 18,433 18,349 18,896

Program Accomplishments

In FY 2011, 9,469 adult, adolescent, and child survivors of sexual assault, child sexual abuse and sexual harassment and 1,117 significant others were served by the sexual assault crisis centers of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault. In addition, 8,310 anonymous contacts received support and assistance through the centers' hotlines. Victims and their significant others received 23,684 hours of advocacy services and 75,139 hours of counseling.