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Domestic Abuse

Help for Victims of Abuse

Unfortunately, it’s closer than you think. Every day, in every community, there is a wife, child, elderly person or someone else being abused – physically, verbally or sexually.

All too often, victims suffer in silence and hide their physical and emotional wounds.

Are You or Someone You Know Being Abused?

Most victims suffer in silence and hide their wounds. Abuse comes in many forms. These are a few examples:

  • Physical abuse: hitting, violence, threatening with a weapon, forcing unwanted or hurtful sex.
  • Verbal abuse: saying mean, hurtful and demeaning things.
  • Control: having no power over your own activities, such as when you go out, who you see, how you spend money.
  • Harassment: sexual harassment at work, intimidation.

Is Someone You Know a Victim?

Learn more about warning signs, and how to protect yourself or someone you know. Read the Abusive Behavior Checklist.

Help for Domestic Violence Victims

Domestic violence is a complex, life-threatening problem. Contact professional help through agencies that deal with Domestic Violence, including police, hospitals, emergency departments and shelter services. These are safe places to get support, advice, counseling, information and telephone referrals.

  • Are you afraid of someone?
  • Are you afraid of someone you love?
  • Are you being followed, harassed, threatened or hit?
  • Are you criticized and humiliated in front of others?
  • Are you feeling helpless and alone?

If you are being abused or know someone who is abused, please call:

Family Shelter Services
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Hotline: 630-469-5650
All services are free and confidential.

Central DuPage Hospital
Emergency Department

Family Shelter Services include the following:

  • Hotline: Telephone lines are staffed 24 hours a day for counseling, advocacy, information and referrals.
  • Shelter: Temporary safe housing for abused women and their children. Alternative arrangements are made for male victims.
  • Advocacy: Trained court advocates offer information and support for available legal options. Victim advocates follow up on police-reported domestic violence incidents and offer referrals, information and support.
  • Counseling: For women and their children, male victims and abused elderly.
  • Support Groups: Offer the support and shared experiences of others who are living with abuse.
  • Children’s Program: Counselors help children deal with the violence in their homes, advocate for child victims and provide support groups for children.

Trying To End An Abusive Relationship?

If you are thinking about ending an abusive relationship, you should consider a safety plan. Before you take action, please call Family Shelter Service and Crisis Line at 630-469-5650.

Learn more about some safety planning options.

For information, court advocacy, counseling and shelter for victims of domestic violence in DuPage County, call:

Family Shelter Service, Inc.
Available 24 hours a day

National organizations include:

Family Violence Prevention Fund
Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence
San Francisco

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Harrisburg, PA