Emergency Network

The Network

The Network is a collaborative membership organization dedicated to improving the lives of those impacted by domestic violence through education, public policy and advocacy, and the connection of community members to direct service providers.

If you or a survivor is in need of emergency funding due to domestic violence you can submit the application below via email to Emergency@The-Network.org or mail to The Network, 1 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 1630, Chicago, IL 60601 or fax: (312)527-0733



Life Span

At Life Span, our unique service delivery design ensures that our clients reach their goals for legal services 87% of the time. Compare this to general legal services at Chicago’s Domestic Violence Court, where only 17% of victims follow through with their cases until the end. When victims are served by attorneys and advocates that speak their language and understand their culture, they are more likely to survive the hostile court system. When victims seeking legal relief are supported by counselors who understand domestic violence and what it takes to survive, the victim’s ability to persevere and reach her goals increases dramatically – from 17% to 87%.

Services Include:

  • Legal representation in order of protection and family law cases, including divorce, parenting and child support cases;
  • Criminal court advocacy throughout the Cook County criminal justice system;
  • Counseling for survivors in English, Spanish and Polish;
  • Group counseling for survivors in English, Spanish and Polish;
  • Counseling for children exposed to domestic violence;
  • Outreach, education & counseling for adolescents regarding  violence in their relationships;
  • Civil legal remedies for sexual assault;
  • Immigration representation for domestic and sexual violence victims;
  • Outreach, education and training for service providers;
  • Policy and systems advocacy and;
  • Public education and awareness.




Whether you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, we’re here to help. All services are free of charge.

Resilience recognizes that sexual violence does not pause during a pandemic. In these unprecedented times, we are doing everything we can to assure that survivors have the support needed to heal. We will continue to be creative and innovative in our efforts to ensure that we’re able to provide client services remotely. Though our environment is ever changing, our commitment to survivors remains unwavering.

Services Include:

  • Trauma Therapy and Crisis Intervention
  • Medical Advocacy
  • Legal Advocacy




Incorporated in 1998, ALSO was created to coordinate services for youth and families in the Logan Square community on Chicago’s Northwest Side. Becoming aware of the devastating impact of community violence on those families ALSO began to take action by implementing prevention programs to end street violence.

ALSO works both locally and nationally to end violence. By expanding its reach, ALSO informs its national work from a local perspective and brings knowledge and best practices from around the country to our neighborhoods in Chicago.



Legal Aid Chicago

Legal Aid Chicago provides free civil legal representation to residents of Chicago and Suburban Cook County (statewide for migrant and human trafficking) who have limited income or special legal needs in the following areas:

  • Family & Safety
  • House & Apartment
  • Money & Debt
  • Work & Employment Rights
  • Health, Disability & Basic Needs
  • Immigration



Center on Halsted

The Anti-Violence Project (AVP) at the Center on Halsted empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.

AVP at Center on Halsted provides comprehensive individual and community programs for survivor advocacy and support to LGBTQIA survivors of hate and bias violence, discrimination, intimate partner violence, stalking, and/or sexual assault. If you or someone you know has experienced violence, threats, or intimidation AVP can work with you to help ensure your safety and provide the support you need.



Howard Brown Health

Howard Brown Health is committed to addressing the growing concern of sexual violence against the LGBTQ+ community. Sexual assault isn’t defined by gender or sexuality, but many existing programs for survivors are. Howard Brown has designed the first holistic LGBTQ+ specific sexual assault response program in the nation: In Power. In Power is proud to offer unique programming that addresses the needs of LGBTQ+ survivors and the community.