We're dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and building a community free of abuse.
Since 1986, Between Friends has worked to eliminate domestic violence throughout Chicagoland. Our agency addresses domestic violence as a community issue and offers extensive training programs to educate youth and adults about how to prevent domestic violence before it begins. We do this through:
- Relationship Education: A Choice for Hope (REACH), the largest teen dating violence prevention and education program in Illinois;
- Healthcare education, training healthcare personnel in how to better screen patients for domestic abuse and respond effectively;
- Community education, conducting domestic violence presentations and trainings for a diverse array of community members;
- OurMusicMyBody, a campaign with Resilience, working to reduce sexual harassment in music scenes.
For domestic violence survivors, Between Friends provides a range of free services that include:
- A 24-hour crisis line (1-800-603-HELP);
- English and Spanish-speaking court advocates who explain legal rights, accompany clients to court, help with Orders of Protection, and provide emotional support, resources, and safety planning;
- Individual, group, and family counseling, offered in seven languages, together with healing-centered support services, economic empowerment education, and childcare;
- A Night Out, a program dedicated to providing people impacted by domestic violence with safe, healthy social experiences by taking them out to comedy shows, spa nights, theater performances, concerts, and more.
For more information about our programs and services, please visit our website at www.betweenfriendschicago.org.