Not Safe at Home
During the current coronavirus pandemic, we have been ordered to stay at home (“shelter in place”) in order to slow the spread of the virus—to avoid catching it and to avoid passing it on to someone else.
But what if your home, far from being a shelter, is a place of great danger to you and your children?
The worldwide lockdowns to curb the virus’s spread have increased the danger to people caught in physically or emotionally abusive relationships. “We know that any time an abusive partner may be feeling a loss of power and control—and everybody’s feeling a loss of power and control right now—it could greatly impact how victims and survivors are being treated in their homes (Katie Ray-Jones, chief executive of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, quoted in The New York Times, March 24, 2020). The United Nations has recently reported a worldwide surge in domestic violence and has called for urgent action.
However, the organizations dedicated to helping victims and survivors need help in order to respond to the increased demand for assistance. In our area, Sarah’s Inn has been providing services for almost 40 years.
If you want to help:Visit sarahsinn.org to make a financial donation. Also, you can donate canned goods on Fridays between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm by leaving them at the door of Sarah’s Inn, 1547 Circle Avenue, Forest Park, Illinois.
If you need help: Contact Sarah’s Inn 24/7 crisis line to connect with advocates and counselors: phone 708-386-4225, text 708-792-3120. Sarah's Inn is in Oak Park.
In an emergency, dial 911 or call the National Domestic Violence 24-Hour Hotline at 800.799.7233 or 800.787.3224 TTY for. Visit www.ndvh.org for more information. In Illinois call 877.863.6338. Visit www.batteredwomensnetwork.org for more information.
There are many additional resources to get help. The following list was compiled by the Archdiocese of Chicago. You can find the following information on their website.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) (Link)
- Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), 1.800.656.HOPE (4673) (Link)
- National Trafficking Hotline, 1.888.373.7888 (Link)
- Love is Respect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline 1.866.331.9474, 1.866.331.8453 TTY You can also chat live online with a trained Peer Advocate from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. (CST) daily (Link)
- Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline, 1.877.863.6338 (Link)
- Service Agencies in Chicago
- Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Services – Various Locations. Please call 1.312.655.7725
- Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network – Chicago: Downtown (Link)
- Connections for Abused Women and Their Children – Chicago (Link)
- Family Rescue – Chicago: Downtown & South Side (Link)
- Apna Ghar – Chicago: North Side (Link)
- Between Friends – Chicago: North Side (Link)
- House of the Good Shepherd – Chicago: North Side (Link)
- KAN-WIN – Chicago: North Side & NW Suburbs (Link)
- Hope Family Services – Chicago: Pilsen (Link)
- Mujeres Latinas en Accion – Chicago: Near South Side & Western Suburbs, (Link)
- A New Direction – Chicago: Beverly & Morgan Park (Link)
- Service Agencies in the Suburbs of Chicago
- WINGS – Suburbs & Chicago (Link)
- Sarah’s Inn – Oak Park (Link)
- Pillars – La Grange, Berwyn, Hickory Hills, Hodgkins, Summit, & Western Springs (Link)
- Life Span – Des Plaines (Link)
- Barrington Youth and Family Services – Barrington (Link)
- A Safe Place – Zion (Link)
- Turning Point – Woodstock (Link)
- Crisis Center for South Suburbia – Tinley Park (Link)
- South Suburban Family Shelter – South Suburbs (Link)