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Many organizations and agencies exist to help victims of crime in our state. Send us your resource to add to this page.

If you are facing an emergency, always call 911! 
If you are a resident of the City of Chicago and want more information on City services, call 311.

Victim Advocates in Illinois work for the prosecutors - the States Attorney in your County. While some downstate counties do not have their own victim advocate, the States Attorney in your County can refer you also for more local help. There are 102 counties in Illinois, too many to list here. Call your County's States Attorney for the victim advocate in your area. A victim advocate generally only can help you if there is an offender that has been apprehended and is being, or has been, tried in the criminal justice system.

The approximately 80% of victims of violent crime in Illinois that do not receive any victims services because either the offender is never apprehended, or killed, or a plea bargain avoids trial. We know that this frequent lack of victim services is a matter of resources, generally, but at, one of our top priorities is to see that changed. We believe victims services should be tied to the needs of the victim, not the status of the offender. Other states provide victims services to all victims, regardless of the status of the offender. Illinois can and should too.


TO REGISTER for the Automated Victim Notification (AVN) system to receive updates on the location and status of incarcerated offenders in your Illinois Case go to the web page for the Illinois Attorney General Victims Services.

TO CONTACT Victim Relations at the Illinois Prisoner Review Board Click Here

VICTIM SERVICES for the Illinois Department of Corrections can be contacted here

After the Trauma - for victims and survivors of domestic violence nationally, Mildred Mohammed (ex-wife of the DC sniper)

Angel Corps Network, A developing project of Chicago area Uhlich Children's Advantage Network (UCAN)  - Licensed clinical psychologists and Victims of Violence, under professional social workers, work in Peer Support for other victims of violence in the Chicago Area and crisis response. On going support groups being formed. Referrals made to vital services.  A 24 Hour Victim Services Hotline is at 312-388-2900

Bereaved Parents USA with grief support chapter meetings monthly throughout Illinois and the nation

CASA -in downstate Belleville, Illinois, St. Clair County, serving Abused and Neglected Children 618-234-4278

City of Chicago Domestic Violence Help Line: 1-877-TO END DV (1-877-863-6338) is staffed by domestic violence trained advocates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This service from the Mayor's office is confidential, multi-lingual and will link victims to the right program they need.

Chicago Department of Human Services - Individual and Group Counseling HELP LINE 1-800-843-6154

Chicago Foundation for Women "Ending Abuse of Women and Girls Starts With US"

Cindy Bischof Family Campaign against Domestic Violence

Community Mental Health Center - 8704 S Constance, Chicago, IL 60617, 773-734-4033

Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) - Illinois Chapter

Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Victim-Witness Assistance Program
Support Groups for Families (sessions divide by age) - 2650 S California - 13th Floor, Chicago, IL , 773-869-5321

CounterQuo - a website and resource challenging the way we respond to Sexual Violence in our nation

IACP - The International Association of Chiefs of Police:

bulletDiscover Policing -a nationwide initiative to attract a broad and diverse audience to both sworn and non-sworn opportunities in law enforcement.  For more information, visit, call 1-800-THE-IACP ext 273, or email   
bullet Enhancing Law Enforcement Response to Victims:  Strategy Package - a very significant program for bettering  law enforcement relations with victims - download at

ICASA - the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault

The Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline - 877-863-6338

Forever Network - post videos online of murdered loved ones

Gang Victims Blog at - a national network of victims and survivors of gun violence. Every victim and survivor and family can easily make their own FREE  Tributes Web Page where families can post and receive messages of support and exchange information. Post your story and loved one today!
Call also at 847-446-7063

Horizon Hospice - Individual Counseling, 833 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, 312-733-8900

Illinois Attorney General's Financial Assistance for Victims

Illinois Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors

Illinois Department of Corrections Victims' Services

Justice Interrupted -the victim advocacy work of activist Susan Murphy Milano

KidsPeace - help and hope for Kids in Crisis

Mothers in Charge - Moms of murdered children in the Philadelphia area 215-228-1718

Missing Persons Awareness and Support Network - National NamUs (National Missing and Unidentified Persons) Blog

National Association to Protect Children

National Association of Victims Rights Attorneys free online training courses on various victim topics

National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC)

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National Crime Prevention Council with programs for keeping kids safe from crime, including McGruff the Crime Dog and his "kid safe browser" for the internet

National Crime Victims Bar Association provides technical support to attorneys representing crime victims in civil actions, refers crime victims to lawyers in their local area, and works to increase general awareness about the availability
of civil remedies for victims of crime.

National CrimeVictimsOrgNetwork - a Yahoo Group listserve for crime victims

National District Attorneys Association

National Domestic Violence Hotline and share your voice blog

The National Institute of Justice
released its information page addressing Gun Violence Prevention
- includes information on Evaluating Gun Violence as an Illicit Supply-and-Demand Marketplace, Gun Violence Programs: Project Safe Neighborhoods, and Gun Violence Prevention: Programs and Strategies 
and an NIJ Report on ELDER ABUSE

National Institute of Justice Programs and Publications

National Center on Elder Abuse

National Organization of Victim Assistance NOVA

National Sex Offender Public Website - including victims services

New Jersey Crime Victims Law Center - Richard Pompelio, Esq., 760 Route 10 West, Suite 203, Whippany, NJ 07981,
Ph (973) 729-9342, Fax (973) 240-7316, Cell (973) 903-9848

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) - Federal Government's Justice Department

bullet OVC Ombudsman for complaints of victim services
bullet Guide for working with victims of Sexual Assault
bullet Guide for victims of Terrorism and Mass Murder - a great read to learn about Terrorism
bulletTTAC - Technical Training and Assistance - free training available  for wide variety of victims needs, issues, and services
bullet !!! OVC's all-importnat DIRECTORY to victims services 

Parents of Murdered Children with homicide support groups all over Illinois and the nation

bulletChicago Area Chapter - 773-660-9659 or 773- 847-1613 meets at Little Company of Mary Hospital, 2800 W. 95th St., on the 1st Thursday of each month, 7-9 pm
bulletWestside Chapter - Samantha Glover, chapter leader, 708-576-8326, meets at Mt Sinai Hospital, 1500 S. California, 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8:30 pm, Emma Daviston Co-Leader 773-521-7329

Peoria County States Attorney Victim Assistance 309-672-6900

East St. Louis' Project HEAVEN for Crime Victims
Project HEAVEN - Crime Victim Services
Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital, Suites 452/456, 129 N. 8th Street, East St. Louis, Illinois 62201
Phone: 618-274-1304 or 274-1307, Fax: 618-274-1303

SENIOR SUPPORT GROUP - Bridgeview Courthouse, 10220 S 76th Ave Room 223, Bridgeview, IL  - 773-869-7215 - resources, including videos, for families facing custody battles involving family violence

SNAP - Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests

Susan Murphy Milano's Recipe for Hope - An incredible new resource from the National Center for Victims of Crimes. A completely comprehensive database of every single aspect of victims rights and needs from around the nation. Search all cases and state, local and federal laws. User friendly and the definitive source for victims to get information.

Victory Over Violence - A victim led program that helps work for violence prevention, especially with Youth. Helpful materials for their program to Take the Pledge against violence!

WBJ Press and
The best book nationally for victims of traumatic loss, homicides, suidicide, car accident - the book the National Organization of Victim Assistance (NOVA) calls the "Bible of Victim Work"
What To Do When The Police Leave: A Guide To The First Days Of Traumatic Loss

WHEATON - Dept of Probation and Court Services VICTIM OFFENDER CONFERENCE program 630-407-8400

WITNESS JUSTICE is a national victim advocacy organization based in Maryland whose mission is to empower and assist victims of violence and their loved ones in healing from trauma and in navigating the criminal justice process. their loved ones wi

The Women's Alliance in Lake Zurich, Illinois. Call our inspiring victim activist friend Consander Snowden at 773-370-1892

YWCA Rape Crisis Centers -
with seven locations in Chicago alone, the downtown location at 360 N. Michigan can be reached at 312-372-6600 ext 773

911 Cell Phone Bank
The 911 Cell Phone Bank is a non-profit 501(c)3 initiative of the RMS Foundation. It was created to provide an ongoing and readily available source of 911 cell phones and funds to meet unexpected and urgent needs of participating law enforcement and affiliated victim services agencies in a partnership with the National Sheriffsí Association (NSA) and National Association of Triads, Inc. (NATI).  Since its inception, the 911 Cell Phone Bank has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars and tens of thousands of cell phones for victim services organizations nationwide.  It is a nationwide program designed to maximize community cell phone donations.  To learn more, visit

If you have a victim resource you would like posted here, please let us know.

This article on victim services in the FBI is very informative for those who want to know more about victims and victimization.

Resource Database at the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (US Dept of Justice)

These titles are part of one of the largest justice and drug policy libraries and abstract databases in the world. Extensive articles related to Victims Issues are included. Accessing and using these resources is easy:

* Search the NCJRS Abstracts Database online at:

* Sort and download your search results.

* Link to full text (where available).

* Order, request, or borrow copies.

* Visit the NCJRS Research and Information Center in Rockville, Maryland.

 In addition, you can contribute to this growing collection by sending articles, publications, and multimedia resources from your organization.

 For more information, contact us by phone, 301-519-5063; by fax, 301-519-5212; via email at; or online at


"Links in the Chain: Two Communities Respond to Stalking"
"BecauseThings Happen Every Day: Responding to Teenage Victims of Crime"

These videos were produced to build awareness about and motivate local communities to address stalking and teenage victimization. Produced in a compelling, documentary, story-telling style, these National Center videos profile collaborative community-based programs through "day-in-the-life" scenes of practitioners from multiple disciplines, and interviews with victims who describe the impact of their victimization, the kind of support they received, and how that support helped rebuild their lives. The videos also feature interviews with national experts.

RELATED RESOURCES - not specifically victim

Save A Life Foundation (SALF) remains dedicated to the emergency medical service (EMS) professionals who serve as mentors and positive role models, encouraging our youth to consider a career in EMS or public service. 


SALF continues to work diligently on our goals and has recently completed its yearly independent audit.  Thank you for your continued interest and support of our mission.


Today we are pleased to present the Save A Life Foundationís 2007/2008 Annual Report  for your review. 

Click Here for a PDF Version    


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Save A Life Foundation, Inc.,

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