Domestic Violence Program
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is any hurtful behavior which is done by someone close to us. It happens over and over again.
Domestic violence is used by the abuser to overpower and control another person.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE COUNSELING
- Assist survivors of domestic violence who are DDBHH and their children to secure shelter from further abuse
- Provide information, support, counseling and advocacy to help survivors exercise their rights and take advantage of their options
- Collaborate with other programs in the community to provide services to help survivors become self-sufficient
- Educate the community that abusing a family member is a crime which will not be tolerated
There are many different people who could be abusers
- Family members
- Older children
There are many types of abuse
- Fear for your life or safety
- Physical abuse such as being punched, shaken or imprisoned
- Emotional abuse such as being criticized, threatened or made to feel worthless
- Sexual abuse such as forced touching, kissing or intercourse
- Isolation: not being allowed to see family or friends, or to work outside the home
- Attacks against property or pets
What should I do if I am in immediate danger?
If you need the police or emergency medical care, call 911 V/TTY/VP.
Is there a cost for CHS’s services?
No – our Domestic Violence services are free of charge and completely confidential.
Chicago Hearing Society can help!
The Domestic Violence Program offers:
- Safety from abuse by assisting you to find shelter
- Crisis intervention to help you in emergency situations
- Counseling to help you and your family cope with your situation
- Assistance in reporting the crime to the police
- Advocacy to ensure your rights are protected
- Support in working with the police and court system
- Assistance in applying for victim compensation