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Causes: Counseling, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Mental Health, Protection Against Abuse

Mission: The Crisis Center is a non-profit community organization that provides emergency shelter and other essential services to victims of domestic violence, and addresses the societal issues that contribute to domstic violence.

Results: In FY16, CCSS provided over 38,000 service hours for 1,669 clients. The Emergency Residential Shelter provided 183 women and 168 children with 13,623 nights of shelter, serving nearly 30,000 meals. Twelve families received 6,324 days of transitional housing. Court Advocacy services helped 1,113 adults navigate the legal system in two Cook County courthouses. Over 11,000 people participated in community education presentations by Crisis Center staff.

Target demographics: Victims of domestic violence in the greater Chicago southland

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2500

Geographic areas served: Chicago southland


            The Crisis Center for South Suburbia offers individualized services for victims of domestic violence. Using an inter-disciplinary approach, educators, advocates, case managers, and clinical counselors work together to provide comprehensive resources and effective solutions for victims and the community.

            The Emergency Residential Shelter Program provides a safe haven for women and children who are fleeing domestic violence. Through counseling, advocacy, life-skills and job-skills training, each client focuses on regaining self confidence and independence. Mothers learn to understand the effects that domestic abuse has on children and learn tools to improve the mother-child relationship. Children receive age- appropriate counseling and therapies during their stay.

            Counseling Services offer individual, group, and family counseling to individuals affected by domestic violence. Clients receive support to heal from abuse and explore options for safety and independence.

            The Court Advocacy Services work with victims of domestic violence in the Circuit Court of Cook County Fifth and Sixth Municipal Districts, providing education on the Illinois Domestic Violence Act; information on legal options; equiping victims with a safety plan; advocating on their behalf with the legal system. This program provides individual court advocacy for victims, as well as institutional advocacy and professional training.

            Hospital Advocacy services work with victims at Advocate Christ Medical Center to provide safety and referrals, and educates medical professionals on screening for DV.

            Community Education provides domestic violence education to the general public to increase awareness of the issues surrounding DV, offering increased understanding and appropriate response to victims, enhanced safety for victims, awareness of resources for victims, and a decrease of domestic violence incidents.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 4

Last year around this time, I left my very abusive husband. Luckily, my parents were able to take in me and my three children. I desperately needed others to relate to and support during that difficult time. I attended a support group at this agency once a week. It was such a relief to talk to other women in my situation. I had been isolated for so long. The staff was very nice, and informative. They let me know the services that were available to me. I am living a more peaceful life today and I attribute that to all the people who helped me along the way.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I was married for ten years to a man who treated me horribly. I blamed myself for the condition of our marriage and for his abusive behavior. I thought I was doing something to make him angry. When I tried to talk to him about his behavior, he would tell me I needed to learn to react to him differently - that there was nothing wrong with him, it was all my fault. I was very confused, hurt, frustrated and angry when I first came to the Crisis Center for counseling. That was three years ago. The Crisis Center taught me about the dynamics of domestic violence. They provided emotional support and helped me develop a safety plan of action. They helped me uncover the truth about what was really going on in my marriage. They helped me find me. I am free of the abusive situation that I lived in and I am learning how not to get into the same situation again. I am sure that God led me to the Crisis Center, because I prayed for help for many years.