What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive controlling behaviors that often escalate from threats and verbal abuse to violence. While physical injury may be the most obvious danger, the emotional and psychological consequences of domestic abuse are also severe. Emotionally abusive relationships can destroy your self-worth, lead to anxiety and depression, and make you feel helpless and alone. No one should have to endure this kind of pain—and your first step to breaking free is recognizing that your situation is abusive. Once you acknowledge the reality of the abusive situation, then you can get the help you need.
- 24/7 advocacy at hospital emergency rooms
- Court Advocacy: We provide information on protection available through the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, support in criminal and civil court proceedings, and transportation to court to help with obtaining Orders of Protection
- Referrals and advocacy with social service agencies and the criminal justice system
- Transitional Housing: Provides a bridge to independent living for victims who seek help at Mutual Ground and trying to rebuild their lives
- Emergency Shelter: Mutual Ground (MGI) operates a shelter for women and their minor children who are victims of domestic violence. Here victims are provided safety, shelter and support services while they learn they have the power to change their lives
- Victim Advocacy: Not all domestic violence victims need shelter. Some need to assess and explore their options before making a decision. Some need continuing support regarding their decision. Some need group interaction to break down feelings of isolation, and promote healing.
- individual sessions available by appointment
- weekly support groups
- parenting group to encourage non-violent behavior
- referrals and advocacy with local social service agencies
- Children are victims too, directly or indirectly. Understanding the violence is necessary to break this cycle of abuse. Each year, Mutual Ground Children’s Advocates help over 400 child witnesses of domestic violence learn to deal with feelings of fear and confusion, guilt and shame.
- It is vital for these youngest of victims to be able to deal with these strong emotions and to learn new and healthy ways of communicating and relating to others. If left unchallenged and uninterrupted, the dangerous lessons children have observed may be repeated as they grow into adulthood, continuing the cycle of violence for yet another generation.
- Mutual Ground Children Advocates work with both residential and nonresidential children in a variety of settings. They encourage the children to acknowledge and express their feelings. Directed activities let the children practice critical new ways of communicating and relating to others.
- Individual counseling
- Support groups
- Work in area schools
- Education about cooperative, non-violent problem solving
- Activity and play groups
- Summer Camp
If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
You can reach us the following ways:
- Domestic Violence Hotline:
- Sexual Assault Hotline:
Note: this email is not monitored 24/7. Please call 630-897-0080 to reach our offices
When you come to Mutual Ground for services, enter the lot on West Park and drive past the building for visitor parking. The main entrance is on Oak Ave.
Please do not use street parking on Oak Ave.