COUNSELING AND OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES
Center on Halsted Anti-Violence Project
3656 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613
Office: (773) 472-6469 x 244
24-hour Hotline: (773) 871-2273
The Center on Halsted Anti-Violence Project (AVP) assists victims of anti-lesbian,
gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) hate crimes, domestic violence, sexual assault,
discrimination, and police misconduct. AVP operates a 24-Hour Crisis Hotline offering
crisis intervention, emotional support, education, and referrals concerning all
forms of violence against LGBT individuals. Only emergency calls should be made
to the Crisis Hotline. Non-emergency calls for AVP should be directed to the AVP
Manager at (773) 472-6469, ext. 244. In addition to the AVP, Center on Halsted also
offers counseling, advocacy, support groups, and information and referrals to LGBT
survivors of sexual abuse. All AVP victim services are free and confidential.
Family Resources - Quad Cities Rape/Sexual Assault Counseling & Advocacy Program
1521 47th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265
Office: (309) 797-6534
24-hour Hotline: (309) 797-1777 (accepts collect calls)
Family Resources Quad Cities Rape/Sexual Assault Counseling & Advocacy Program
is the only sexual assault service program in the Quad Cities area and provides
comprehensive services to survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones. The
Quad Cities Rape/Sexual Assault Counseling & Advocacy Program provides the following
confidential free services to survivors of sexual assault: 24-hour crisis intervention,
medical/legal advocacy, individual and family counseling, support groups, referrals,
and community education programs. Services are offered regardless of the survivor’s
decision to report the incident to law enforcement agencies.
Growing Strong Sexual Assault Center
270 W. Prairie
Decatur, IL 62523
24-hour Hotline: (217) 428-0770
Growing Strong Sexual Assault Center is a non-profit organization that provides
healing services to survivors of sexual assault and their significant others in
Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, and DeWitt Counties. Programs and services include:
a 24-hour hotline, crisis intervention, medical and legal advocacy, free and confidential
counseling, support groups, information and referrals, and prevention education.
Growing Strong also offers a support group for women at the Macon County Jail. All
services are free and confidential and provided to women, men, and children over
the age of four.
Guardian Angel Community Services Sexual Assault Service Center
1550 Plainfield Rd.
Joliet, IL 60435
Office: (815) 729-0930 x330
24-hour Hotline: (815) 730-8984
The Sexual Assault Service Center is available to help survivors of sexual violence
and their significant others in Will and Grundy Counties. Services include: a 24-hour
hotline, medical and legal advocacy, group counseling, prevention education, and
information and referrals. The Sexual Assault Service Center is also willing to
provide information and support through the mail to any survivor of sexual assault
incarcerated in Illinois. All services are free and confidential.
Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault
100 North 16th Street
Springfield, IL 62703
Office: (217) 753-4117
The Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault (ICASA) is a non-profit corporation
of 33 community-based sexual assault crisis centers working together to end sexual
violence. Each center provides 24-hour crisis intervention services, counseling,
and advocacy for survivors of sexual assault and their significant others. Free
and confidential counseling are available at all of the sexual assault crisis centers.
ICASA will help survivors locate the crisis center that is in their area so that
they can get the help they need.
Mutual Ground, Inc.
P.O. Box 843
Aurora, IL 60507
Office: (630) 897-8989
24-hour Hotline: (630) 897-8383
Mutual Ground provides services in southern Kane County and Kendall County for survivors
of domestic violence and sexual assault. Services include: a 24-hour hotline, crisis
intervention at hospitals and police stations, legal advocacy, individual counseling
by professional staff, support groups, specialized services for children and teens,
and information and referrals for survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault.
Mutual Ground can respond to calls from local law enforcement agencies and correctional
facilities to provide advocacy and support to survivors who are still incarcerated.
Services are free and confidential and provided to all survivors regardless of age
Project Inform National HIV/AIDS Treatment Hotline
205 13th Street, #2001
San Francisco, CA 94103
Office: (415) 558-8669
Hotline: (800) 822-7422
San Francisco area/International hotline: (415) 558-9051
Hotline Hours: Monday–Friday, 10am–4pm (Pacific Time)
Project Inform is a national, nonprofit, community-based organization working to
end the AIDS epidemic. Project Inform’s toll-free National HIV/AIDS Treatment Hotline
provides HIV care and treatment information, free of charge, to people living with
HIV, their healthcare and service providers, and family members. The hotline accepts
collect calls from inmates and can also mail out materials.
Rape Victim Advocates
180 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60601
Office: (312) 443-9603
24-hour Hotline: (888) 293-2080
TTY: (312) 935-3401
Rape Victim Advocates serves the greater Chicago area by providing services for
men, women, and children who are survivors of all forms of sexual assault and abuse.
Free and confidential counseling is provided by professional counselors through
individual, couple/family, and group settings. Rape Victim Advocates also runs a
medical and legal advocacy program with area hospitals, an education outreach program,
and a volunteer medical advocate program. All services are free and confidential.
Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling
4990 East State St.
Rockford, IL 61108
24-hour Hotline: (815) 636-9811
Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling provides comprehensive services for survivors
of sexual assault/abuse, ages 3 to adult, and for their significant others in Boone,
Dekalb, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, and Winnebago Counties. Services include: 24-hours
crisis intervention, counseling, medical and legal advocacy, professional training,
and prevention education. Services are free and confidential.
The Women's Center
610 S. Thompson Street
Carbondale, IL 62901
Office: (618) 549-4807
24-hour Toll-free Hotline: (800) 334-2094
The Women’s Center has served survivors of domestic and sexual violence in southern
Illinois for over 35 years. Core services include: 24-hour crisis intervention;
information and referrals; counseling; support groups; legal, medical, and personal
advocacy; transportation; case management; and emergency food and supplies. The
Sexual Assault program serves Jackson, Franklin, Perry, Union, Williamson, Johnson
and Saline Counties. Offices are located in the towns of Carbondale (Jackson County),
Marion (Williamson County), and Benton (Franklin County). All services are confidential,
free of charge, and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to women, men, adolescents,
Your Family Connection - REACH Sexual Assault Crisis Services
201 North Hazel St.
Danville, IL 61832
Office: (217) 446-1217
24-hour Hotline: (217) 446-1337
REACH Sexual Assault Crisis Services (formerly the YWCA of Danville) provides services
for sexual assault survivors of all ages in Clark, Edgar, and Vermillion Counties.
Services include: a 24 hour hotline, legal/medical advocacy, information, education,
and counseling services for survivors of sexual abuse. All services are free and
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline
24-hour Hotline for Chicago Metropolitan Area: (888) 293-2080
24-hour Hotline for DuPage County: (630) 971-3927
24-hour Hotline for the South Suburbs: (708) 748-5672
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago operates three 24-hour rape crisis hotlines in Chicago
and surrounding areas to provide confidential, immediate assistance to survivors
of sexual assault and their loved ones. Hotline advocates can provide information,
support, and referrals. This service is free and available to women, men, and children.
ACLU of Illinois, Institutionalized Persons Project
180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2300
Chicago, IL 60601-7401
The ACLU of Illinois tracks complaints of prisoner rape through their Institutionalized
Persons Project. Letters should be sent to the intake department and then a decision
will be made whether or not they can provide assistance with a claim. While the
ACLU litigates civil rights issues and is particularly interested in cases regarding
prisoner rape, priority is always given to class action issues, and individual litigation
should not be expected.
John Howard Association
375 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 529
Chicago, IL 60611
The John Howard Association is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides
limited direct services to incarcerated individuals within Illinois. The John Howard
Association monitors policies, practices, and conditions of confinement in prisons
and jails in Illinois and advocates on behalf of incarcerated individuals, parolees,
and the formerly incarcerated. The Association conducts monitoring visits with trained
citizen volunteers to adult and juvenile correctional facilities on a regular basis
in order to observe first-hand conditions of confinement, effect change, and issue
reports to administrators, public officials, and interested citizens. Staff will
recommend the initiation of investigations when complaints of sexual assault or
sexual abuse are made and then follow up with the proper authorities. Limited information
and referrals to outside agencies and community-based organizations are also available.
Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois
2040 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: (773) 272-1822
The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois (TJLP) is a collective of radical lawyers, social workers,
activists, and community organizers who provide free criminal and civil legal services for low-income transgen
der and gender non-conforming people targeted by the criminal legal system. TJLP offers support for detainees
and prisoners, such as a gender-affirming pen pal program, court support, and jail and prison visits. In addition,
TJLP helps distribute resources and connect people to their peers, friends, family, allies, advocates, and the
larger prison abolition movement. TJLP also creates and distributes information, resources, and training curriculum
for lawyers and social service providers who work with people targeted by the criminal legal system.
Prisoners and jail detainees can contact TJLP via legal mail by writing to the address above. All services are free.
JDI has directly contacted each organization listed in the Resource Guide in hopes
of pointing survivors toward those currently accepting new clients. However, the
inclusion of any group or individual in the Resource Guide does not necessarily
constitute an endorsement or recommendation by JDI, nor can JDI guarantee the availability
of the services described here.