Just The Facts

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Domestic Violence is a serious crime that occurs among all ages , races, religions, and income levels. It happens everywhere.

Did you know that women are more often victims of domestic violence than of burglary, mugging, or physical assaults combined?

  • 85% of domestic violence victims are women.
  • Every 9 seconds a woman in the United States is beaten by her husband, boyfriend, or live-in partner.
  • 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
  • 1 out of 7 men are impacted by domestic violence.
  • 1 in 3 women who is a victim of homicide is murdered by her current or former partner.

(National Institute of Justice and The Center of Disease Control and Prevention)


Domestic Violence is the immediate cause of homelessness for many women. 1/2 of all homeless women and children in the U.S. are fleeing from domestic violence. Survivors of domestic violence have both short- and long-term housing needs. Immediately, survivors require safe housing away from the abuser.  (National Alliance to End Homeslessness)


What is the Illinois/Chicago Connection to Domestic Violence Services?

The Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline has had an increase in calls…

  • In August of 2015 there were 525 requests for shelter and only 20 spots were filled.
  • In September there were 930 request for shelter and 133 transferred to intake for acceptance into the shelter.
  • In September there were 17 days where there were no beds available and for 13 days there was less than 5 beds, and for 30 days straight there was no cribs.
  • In September there was a total of 3,286 calls for referrals of services which was the highest amount they have had at the hotline. (Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline)


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(877-TO END DV) 


  • The Illinois Hotline staff are trained and employed by the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network (one of our Run DV Coalition members)
  • Hotline staff are in continuous contact with domestic violence shelters and they can quickly identify any open shelter spaces near you
  • If shelter space is not available the Hotline can help identify alternatives
  • The Hotline can assist callers with information about counseling, legal assistance, medical assistance and children’s services
  • Callers can get information about laws that can help victims of domestic violence and the children of victims of domestic violence
  • Callers can get info about the Victim’s Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA) to protect your job and protect you in the workplace
  • Callers can get info about the Safe Homes Act that allows renters who are victims to terminate their lease early or get their locks changed
  • Callers can get information about adding protections for family pets to an Order of Protection
  • Callers can get information about safety planning and strategies to increase safety  such as providing a copy of an Order of Protection to an employer or to a child’s school; or varying routines including the time victims leave for work or the routes traveled.







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