Between 2 and 4 million women are annually victimized by domestic violence. Most children in homes in which domestic violence occurs witness that abuse and suffer secondary psychological effects, including aggressive behavior and depression. Male children who witness abuse are more likely to become abusers themselves as adults, creating a vicious, intergenerational cycle of violent behavior. (ABA Domestic Violence Commission)


If you need help or someone you know is experiencing or in some way involved in domestic violence please recognize that there are measures to take in order to prevent further harm. If you are a victim of violence we strongly urge you to devise a safety plan for a time of extreme emergency, and the following list of Domestic Shelters will be a great start for obtaining help and vital information.

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Illinois Domestic Violence Shelters:


  • Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence 937 South Fourth Street Springfield IL 62703 (217)789-2830

  • Mercer County CADV P.O. Box 122 Aledo IL 61231 Business #: 309-582-7233 Hotline/Crisis: 309-582-7233

  • Oasis Women's Center 111 Market Street Alton IL 62002 Business #: 618-455-1978 Hotline/Crisis: 618-455-1978

  • Mutual Ground, Inc. P.O. Box 843 Aurora IL 60507 Business #: 708-897-8989 Hotline/Crisis: 708-897-0080

  • Women's Crisis Center of Metro East P.O. Box 8217 Belleville IL 62222 Business #: 618-236-2531 Hotline/Crisis: 618-235-0892 Toll Free #: (800)924-0096

  • Mid Central Community Action, Inc. 923 East Grove Bloomington IL 61701 Business #: 309-827-7070 Hotline/Crisis: 309-827-7070

  • Cairo Women's Shelter, Inc. P.O. Box 907 Cairo IL 62914 Business #: 618-734-4357 Hotline/Crisis: 618-734-4357

  • Fulton County Women's Crisis Service 700 E. Oak Street Suite 203 Canton IL 61520 Business #: 309-647-7487 Hotline/Crisis: 647-8311

  • The Women's Center 406 W. Mill St. Carbondale IL 62901 Business #: 618-529-2324 Hotline/Crisis: 618-529-2324 Toll Free #: (800)334-2094

  • People Against Violent Environments P.O. Box 342 Centralia IL 62801 Business #: 618-533-7233 Hotline/Crisis: 618-242-7233 Toll Free #: (800)824-9444

  • Coalition Against Domestic Violence P.O. Box 732 Charleston IL 61920 Business #: 217-348-5931 Hotline/Crisis: 217-345-4300

  • Apna Ghar 4753 N. Broadway, Suite 502 Chicago IL 60640 Business #: 312-334-0173 Hotline/Crisis: 312-334-HOME

  • Chicago Abused Women Coalition P.O. Box 477916 Chicago IL 60647 Business #: 312-489-9018 Hotline/Crisis: 312-278-4566

  • Family Rescue P.O. Box 17528 Chicago IL 60617 Business #: 312-375-1916 Hotline/Crisis: 312-375-8400

  • Harriet Tubman Shelter 4844 South State Street Chicago IL 60609 Business #: 312-924-3151 Hotline/Crisis: 312-924-3152

  • LOOP-YWCA Women's Services 37 South Wabash Chicago IL 60603 Business #: 312-372-6600

  • Mujeres Latinas En Accion 1823 W. 17th St. Chicago IL 60608 Business #: 312-226-1544

  • Neopolitan Lighthouse P.O. Box 24622 Chicago IL 60608 Business #: 312-722-0006 Hotline/Crisis: 312-638-0227

  • People Abused & Battered United 1255 West 63rd St. Chicago IL 60629 Business #: 312-436-7766 Hotline/Crisis: 312-438-7984

  • Pro Bono Advocates/Legal Advocacy for Women 165 North Canal, Suite 1020 Chicago IL 60606 Business #: 312-906-8010

  • Rainbow House/Arco Iris P.O. Box 29019 Chicago IL 60629 Business #: 312-521-5501 Hotline/Crisis: 312-762-6611

  • SHALVA 1610 W. Highland #53 Chicago IL 60660 Business #: 312-583-4673 Hotline/Crisis: 312-583-HOPE

  • St. Francis Shelter 78th Street Chicago IL Business#: 312-236-5172 Business #: 312-236-5172

  • Travelers & Immigrants Aid 327 South La Salle Chicago IL 60604 Business #: 312-435-4500 Hotline/Crisis: 312-686-7562

  • United Charities - Midway Center 3124 W. 63rd. St. Chicago IL 60629 Business #: 312-436-2400 Hotline/Crisis: 312-436-2400

  • Woman Abuse Action Project 4520 North Beacon Chicago IL 60640 Business #: 312-561-3500 Hotline/Crisis: 312-521-4865

  • Stopping Women Abuse Now (SWAN) P.O. Box 504 Clay City IL 62824 Business #: 618-676-1912 Hotline/Crisis: 618-676-1911

  • YWCA Women's Shelter 201 North Hazel Danville IL 61832 Business #: 217-446-1217 Hotline/Crisis: 217-443-5566

  • Dove Domestic Violence Program 788 East Clay Decatur IL 62521 Business #: 217-428-6616 Hotline/Crisis: 217-423-2238

  • Safe Passage, Inc. P.O. Box 621 DeKalb IL 60115 Business #: 815-756-7930 Hotline/Crisis: 815-756-5228

  • Life Span Inc. P.O. Box 445 Des Plaines IL 60016 Business #: 708-824-0382 Hotline/Crisis: 708-824-4454

  • Community Crisis Center P.O. Box 1390 Elgin IL 60120 Business #: 708-697-2380 Hotline/Crisis: 708-697-2380

  • A Friend's Place P.O. Box 5185 Evanston IL 60204 Business #: 312-274-5232 Hotline/Crisis: 274-HELP

  • Evanston Shelter for Battered Women P.O. Box 5164 Evanston IL 60204 Business #: 312-854-8445 Hotline/Crisis: 312-864-8780

  • YWCA / VOICES Domestic Violence Program 641 West Stephenson Street Freeport IL 61032 Business #: 815-235-1681 Hotline/Crisis: 815-235-1641

  • Knox County CADV P.O. Box 1558 Galesburg IL 61401 Business #: 309-343-7233

  • Family Shelter Service, Inc. P.O. Box 3404 Glen Ellyn IL 60138 Business #: 708-469-5652 Hotline/Crisis: 708-469-5650

  • Anna Bixby Women's Center 213 South Shaw Street Harrisburg IL 62946 Business #: 618-252-8380 Hotline/Crisis: 618-252-8389

  • South Suburban Family Shelter. Inc. P.O. Box 937 Homewood IL 60430 Business #: 708-335-4125 Hotline/Crisis: 708-335-3028

  • Women's Crisis Center 446 East State Jacksonville IL 62650 Business #: 217-243-9421 Hotline/Crisis: 217-243-4357

  • Groundwork 1550 Plainfield Road Joliet IL 60435 Business #: 815-729-0930 Hotline/Crisis: 815-729-1228

  • P.O. Box 1824 Kankakee IL 50901 Business #: 815-932-5814 Hotline/Crisis: 815-932-5800

  • Logan Cnty Comm Against Dom Violence & S.A. P.O. Box 165 Lincoln IL 62656 Hotline/Crisis: 217-732-7011

  • Western IL Regional Council Quad County Coalition 223 South Randolph Macomb IL 61455 Business #: 309-837-6622 Hotline/Crisis: 309-837-5555

  • Family Resources 111 19th Ave. Moline IL 61265 Business #: 309-797-1919

  • Sarah's Inn P.O. Box 1159 Oak Park IL 60304 Business #: 708-386-3305 Hotline/Crisis: 708-386-4225

  • Stopping Women Abuse Now, Inc. P.O. Box 176 Olney IL 62450 Business #: 618-392-3556 Hotline/Crisis: 618-392-3556

  • Tri-County Women Strength P.O. Box 3172 Peoria IL 61612 Business #: 309-691-0551 Hotline/Crisis: 309-691-4111

  • Freedom House Domestic Violence Shelter P.O. Box 544 Princeton IL 61356 Business #: 815-872-0087 Hotline/Crisis: 815-875-8233 Toll Free #: (800)474-6031

  • Quanada 2707 Maine Street Quincy IL 62301 Business #: 217-222-3069 Hotline/Crisis: 217-222-2873 Toll Free #: (800)369-2287

  • Hope of Rochelle P.O. Box 131 Rochelle IL 61068 Business #: 815-562-4323 Hotline/Crisis: 815-562-8890

  • Christian Family Care Center P.O. Box 4176 Rock Island IL 61204 Business #: 309-788-2276 Hotline/Crisis: 309-788-2273

  • P.H.A.S.E./W.A.V.E. 319 S. Church Street Rockford IL 61101 Business #: 815-962-0871 Hotline/Crisis: 815-962-6102

  • Sojourn Shelter & Services P.O. Box 4626 Springfield IL 62708 Business #: 217-544-0203 Hotline/Crisis: 217-544-2484

  • COVE/YWCA 412 1st Avenue Sterling IL 61081 Business #: 815-625-0343 Hotline/Crisis: 815-626-7277



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