Domestic violence affects people of all ages, income levels, faiths, and education levels. Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior that one person exercises over another to gain power and control. Signs of abusive behavior from an intimate partner include:
- Extreme jealousy and possessiveness
- Trying to control how you spend your time
- Isolating you from friends and family
- Hypercritical, blaming you for his/her problems and failures
- Verbal put-downs, threats, intimidation
- Stalking or harassing you with repeated calls, texts, or emails
- Controlling your money or ability to obtain/maintain employment
- Destroying your personal property or threatening/hurting your pets
- Physically hurting you in any way or threatening physical violence
- Intimate partner rape and other forms of sexual violence
Feeling unsafe as you read this?
The Domestic Violence Safety Exit (red button at bottom right) is designed to help you quickly exit this page if you are currently in danger. If your abuser is in the room, hit the red button, or press your ESC key, at any time you feel unsafe. The button will automatically send you to Google.com.
Since 1979, we have worked to create a safe environment where domestic violence survivors are encouraged to learn about their options for change and empower themselves to make informed decisions about their future. Services are provided at NO COST and are available in English, Spanish, and Arabic. Services include:
- A confidential 24-hour domestic violence hotline, 708-485-5254
- A domestic violence shelter, Constance Morris House, a place for survivors to find refuge as they flee abusive relationships
- Crisis intervention
- Case management
- Individual, family, and group therapy
- Legal and medical advocacy
- Onsite health care and referrals for shelter residents including wellness exams, triage and treatment for acute illness, and prenatal care
- Links to ongoing support services such as emergency financial assistance, substance abuse counseling, and housing programs
- Community education and prevention, to drive a unified response to domestic violence
If you feel threatened, hurt, afraid, abused, or controlled, REACH OUT FOR HELP.
Pillars Community Health in the Community
We maintain several partnerships throughout the community to address domestic violence concerns, including area schools, colleges, and universities.
We offer domestic violence criminal justice and civil legal advocacy for victims/survivors who reside within the jurisdictions of the Fourth and Fifth Municipal Circuit Court Districts of Cook County. We began providing medical advocacy services in March 2018 and now have service agreements with two area hospitals (Gottlieb and Loyola) as well as with our own Health Center here at Pillars Community Health.
Be an Advocate for Domestic Violence Survivors
Show your support for victims and survivors each October (Domestic Violence Awareness Month) by wearing a purple ribbon. The purple ribbon conveys a powerful message that there is no place for domestic violence in homes, neighborhoods, workplaces or schools.
Domestic violence volunteers may assist with our 24-hour hotline, provide crisis intervention, provide presentations to our children’s group, or assist with day-to-day tasks at Constance Morris House. All domestic violence volunteers must complete a 40-hour training. Learn more about volunteering.
Attend an Awareness Event
Stay tuned to our calendar to learn about awareness events and activities in the community.