Our Advocacy efforts focus on two areas: domestic violence and community violence.
In 2016, there were 26,389 calls from Chicago to the domestic violence hotline. That’s one call every 20 minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The same year, prevention workers connected with 10,194 survivors in Chicago, providing nearly 150,000 hours of life changing services and support.
Since 1997, we’ve invested $2.3 million in domestic/interpersonal violence programs across Chicago.
Now, we are seeking to improve domestic violence services to better meet survivors’ need. Through the convening of funders, government and service providers, we will identify national best practices and advocate for those practices to be implemented in the state of Illinois.
In 2017, there were 29,737 reported incidents of violent crime in Chicago, including 2,785 shootings and 653 homicides.
Our partners are building the relationships and community networks that act as protective factors against violence for both victims and perpetrators.
We’ve invested nearly $4 million in community violence prevention and we are committed to better serving victims of violence by preventing reinjury and linking them to critical services. Using the model of a well-known and successful violence interruption program, Acclivus, Inc. we will work to have the HEAL initiative (Hospital Engagement Action and Leadership) adopt and endorse the Acclivus, Inc. model.