Residential Services begin with the Emergency Residential Shelter Program which provides a safe haven for women and children who are fleeing a domestic violence situation. The Center provides critical safety and emergency short-term shelter in a 35-bed, accessible residential facility. In FY2016, the Crisis Center provided 13,623 nights of shelter for 183 women and 168 children, serving over 30,000 meals.
The Transitional Housing Program provides up to two years of supportive housing services in apartments in the community while survivors work toward long-term independence. In FY16, 12 families received 6,324 days of housing service.
The Clinical Counseling Program offers individual, group, and family counseling to individuals affected by domestic violence. Masters-level counselors provide clinical counseling services to clients at the shelter and to women and children living in the community. Clients learn about domestic violence, receive support to heal from abuse, and explore options for safety and independence. In FY2016, over 3,600 hours of counseling and therapeutic intervention were provided for 218 adults and 100 children.
The Court Advocacy Program works with victims of domestic violence in the Circuit Court of Cook County Fifth and Sixth Municipal Districts, providing education on domestic violence and the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, and information and support on legal options. This program equips victims with a safety plan and advocates on their behalf with the legal system. In FY16, CCSS helped 985 females and 128 males with advocacy services. Staff members also work with 14 police departments on a formal basis to assist police officers with follow-up for victims.
Medical Advocacy for victims of abuse along with training for medical staff and first responders is provided in collaboration with Little Company of Mary Hospital, medical clinics, and municipalities throughout the south suburbs. Victims of domestic abuse can be identified in a safe place and offered services to protect them. Professionals can learn how to identify victims and provide them with appropriate resources. Our program at Little Company of Mary launched August 1, 2016.
Community Education: Informational presentations on domestic violence and Crisis Center services are offered to community organizations and groups. In addition, professional staff members present educational and professional trainings to law enforcement agencies, medical institutions, universities, and other organizations. Over 11,000 community members participated in presentations in FY16.
The Fresh Start Dating Violence Prevention Program collaborates with schools, community organizations, churches, and youth groups to educate young people on the risks of dating violence. During FY16, CCSS staff members made presentations to over 9,000 youth, young adults, and parents.
The Choices Partner Abuse Intervention Program complies with the Illinois Protocol for Partner Abuse Intervention Program to help batterers end the cycle of violence. Court-mandated batterers or voluntary clients participate in a 26-week education and therapy group at a satellite location. During the 2016 fiscal year, over 80 participants completed the Choices program.