How to Help Victims of Abuse
Believe them. Validate their feelings.
Let them know they are not to blame for the abuse..
Take the time to talk with them privately when they are ready.
Help them make a safe plan that includes their children, documents, money, and a packed suitcase.
Help them find information about a safe place to stay.
Give them information about local resources.
Have a code word they can use so you know to call the police.
Love and support them whether they choose to leave or stay.
Child Abuse Hotline 800-422-4453
Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233
Elder Care Locator 800-677-1116
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800-656-4673
Will Country Resources
Crisis Line of Will County:
Bridges to a New Day 815-838-2690
Child Advocacy Center 815-727-0710
Childhood Trauma Treatment Program 800-216-1110
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) 815-730-7072
Groundwork Domestic Violence Program:
24—Hour Hotline 815-729-1228
Senior Service Center 815-723-9713
Sexual Assault Service Center:
24—Hour Hotline 815-730-8984
DuPage County Resources
Family Shelter Service:
24—Hour Hotline 630-469-5650
YMCA Patterson and McDaniel Family Center:
24—Hour Hotline 630-971-3927
Hope for Non—Violence 815-726-7964
Will County Health Department 815-727-8480