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What is Domestic Violence?

“Domestic violence, or intimate partner violence occurs when one person causes physical or psychological harm to a current or former intimate partner,” as defined by the Illinois Department of Public Health. It is a pattern of behavior in which the abuser exerts power and control over the partner. Domestic violence (DV) is the leading cause of injury to women and children. It is a matter of concern to health care systems, to the legal community, to educational institutions, and to agencies that address issues of poverty and homelessness.

Consider These Statistics . . .

  • Every 9 seconds a woman is beaten
  • In Illinois, more than 300,000 women are abused each year.
  • More women are injured by domestic violence than are injured in auto accidents, muggings or rapes, combined.
  • 40% of female homicides occur as a result of domestic violence.
  • 57% of all homeless women and children are victims of domestic violence.
  • 97% of those reporting domestic violence are women.
  • 60% of battered women report that their first abusive relationship began in high school.
  • 36% of high school relationships involve some type of violence.
  • One in five teenage girls report to have suffered physical and/or sexual violence at the hands of a dating partner.

Our Expertise
The Crisis Center for South Suburbia offers premier services to clients who are victims of DV. In order to address the needs of these victims, the agency has experienced and highly trained directors, residential counselors, hotline staff, licensed community counselors, and advocates. With a holistic approach to empowering those who come for services, staff members work with the clients to develop safety plans that address the physical, mental, and emotional needs of each client. As a member of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an Approved Training and Supervisory Site by the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals, Inc., and a responsive service provider for over 30 years, the Crisis Center continues to use its expertise to work in partnership with the community to advance safety, equality, and respect for all.


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