Get Immediate Help

Rosenthal Family Lodge – 24-Hour Crisis Line

(800) 360-6619
(773) 375-8400
TTY (773) 375-8774

City of Chicago Domestic Violence Hotline:

(877) 863-6338

Are You in an Abusive Relationship?

Does Your Partner…

  • Embarrass, belittle or put you down?
  • Dislike your friends and family and discourage your relationships with others?
  • Make all the decisions in the relationship?
  • Chastise you after social functions for talking with others?
  • Act jealous of people you talk to?
  • Blame you for his or her mistakes?
  • Forbid or prevent you from working or going to school?
  • Keep money, credit cards, and checking accounts away from you?
  • Control access to your medicines or medical devices?
  • Threaten to have you deported?
  • Abuse your children or pet when mad at you?
  • Push, slap, kick, or otherwise assault you?
  • Demand sex, make you perform sexual acts you are not comfortable with, or sexually assault you?

Safety Plan

If you are still in the relationship:

  • Plan a safe place to go if an argument occurs
  • Make a list of safe people to contact
  • Memorize important numbers
  • Establish a “code word” or “sign” so that friends or family know when to call for help
  • When you leave, take important papers to apply for benefits or take legal action

If you have left the relationship:

  • Save and document all contacts, messages and incidents involving the batterer
  • Change locks, if the batterer has a key
  • Avoid staying alone
  • Plan how to get away if confronted by an abusive partner
  • If you have to meet your partner, do it in a public place
  • Notify school and work contacts

Your Options


Call 911 if you are in immediate danger. If you would like to speak with a legal advocate about other options, call Family Rescue’s Court Advocacy Program at 312.747.5493 or 312.325.9300. You can also get an Order of Protection with or without filing a police report. Please call Family Rescue’s Court Advocacy Program for assistance. You do not have to go alone.


Call Family Rescue’s 24-hour crisis line, 800-360-6619, if you are a victim of domestic violence and seeking emergency shelter. A trained counselor will ask a series of questions to see if our shelter is the best option for you and go over safety planning.


Call Family Rescue’s Community Outreach Program, 773.375.6863, if you would like to speak with a counselor about setting up visits for yourself or your children.

What children should hear from a survivor:

  • It’s not okay
  • It’s not your fault
  • It must be scary for you
  • I will listen to you
  • You can tell me how you feel; it is important
  • I’m sorry you had to see/hear it
  • You do not deserve to have this in your family
  • I will keep you safe
  • There is nothing you could have done to prevent/change it
  • We can talk about what to do to keep you safe if it happens again (For example, staying in your room, going to neighbors, etc.)
  • I care about you, you are important

Is Your Dating Relationship Abusive?

You Have the Right to be Treated with Respect

Are you involved in a dating relationship that is abusive or potentially abusive? Here are some things you can do:

  • Talk to your parents if you can, or tell a friend, teacher, counselor or relative.
  • As a minor, you can get an Order of Protection. Contact Family Rescue’s Court Advocacy Program for help at 312.325.9300 or 312.747.5494.

Ask yourself the following questions. If you answer “yes” to any, you may be in an unhealthy relationship.

  • Does your partner prohibit you from having friends?
  • Does your partner try to control you or make all the decisions?
  • Are you afraid of what your partner might do if he/she becomes angry?

Family Rescue Inc.

P.O. Box 17528
Chicago, Illinois 60617

Administration Office
9204 South Commercial Avenue, Suite 401
Chicago, Illinois 60617
(773) 375-1918
(773) 734-1245



24-Hour Crisis Line – Rosenthal Family Lodge
(800) 360-6619
(773) 375-8400
TTY (773) 375-8774

Legal Advocacy Program
Centralized Domestic Violence Court of Cook County
555 West Harrison, Room 2200
Chicago, Illinois
(312) 325-9300

3rd District Chicago Police Station
7040 South Cottage Grove
Chicago, Illinois
(312) 747-5493

Area South Chicago Police Station
727 East 111th Street
Chicago, Illinois
(872) 702-4397

Ridgeland Apartments and Children’s Program
Apartment Program
(773) 667-0715
Children’s Program
(773) 667-1073

Community Outreach Program
9204 South Commercial Avenue Suite 407
Chicago, Illinois 60617
(773) 375-6863
Ridgeland Apartments
(773) 667-0715

Other Resources

City of Chicago Domestic Violence Helpline
(877) 863-6338

Chicago Department of Human Services
(800) 654-8595

Rape Victim Advocates
(312) 986-4200

Center on Halsted LGBT Violence Hotline
(773) 871-2273

Legal Aid Society
(312) 986-4200

Legal Assistance Foundation
(312) 341-1070

National Runaway Switchboard
(800) 621-4000

Useful Links

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network
Illinois Department of Labor VESSA Act
Access Living
Center for Advancing Domestic Peace
The Anti-Cruelty Society
Futures Without Violence
Teen Dating Violence
National Women’s Law Center

Domestic Violence Is…

Any act carried out with the intention of physically or emotionally harming another person who is related to you by blood; present or prior marriage or common law marriage; having (or allegedly having) a child in common; having (or have had) a dating relationship. This also includes a person with a disability and their personal assistant.

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