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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resources

At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, Mayor Rotering issued a proclamation recognizing October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence affects individuals of all races, genders, and ages. 

It is crucial that we reduce the stigma surrounding domestic violence and facilitate access to resources that can save lives. Free and confidential help is available in Lake County: 

A Safe Place
A Safe Place provides a full suite of programs and services dedicated to addressing domestic violence and human trafficking in Lake County. A Safe Place assists victims in transforming their lives after violence,  prevents future abuse by addressing its root cause through abuser intervention programs, and educates the community about domestic violence and human trafficking, and how everyone can play a role in ending them. A Safe Place maintains a 24/7 crisis line, an emergency shelter, and housing, counseling, and courthouse advocacy programs, among others.

Information about programs at A Safe Place is available at and on A Safe Place's Facebook page

A Safe Place's toll-free, 24/7 crisis line may be reached at 1.800.600.SAFE or 847.249.4450. A Safe Place staff may be reached at 847.731.7165 and 

North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic 
The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic provides confidential, accessible, high-quality, pro-bono assistance, particularly to domestic violence victims and those that wish to help them. The Clinic's website offers extensive resources for survivors of intimate partner violence. 

The Clinic understands how difficult it is for survivors of domestic violence to access the resources that can help them. The Clinic's website, Banana Bread Help, provides vital information about recognizing the signs of domestic violence, safely and confidentially seeking help, the rights of domestic violence victims, and more. These resources are provided in print and video. 

Clinic attorneys offer assistance in obtaining court orders to help protect against abuse or harassment, making arrangements to escape an abusive living situation, and offering legal counsel and representation on family law matters related to domestic violence, including cases of divorce or paternity/maternity when domestic violence is present. 

The Clinic may be reached at 847-737-4042 or Visit the Clinic at  

SHALVA supports Jewish women experiencing and healing from domestic abuse through counseling, supportive services, and community education.  SHALVA provides free and confidential client services, including safety planning, individual and group counseling, financial assistance, and more. 

SHALVA's 24/7 Help/Crisis Line is available at 773.583.4673. Individuals can also reach out via email at More information about SHALVA's services is available at 


National Domestic Violence Hotline
Assistance is also available 24/7 via the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800.799.7233, online at, or by texting LOVEIS to 22522.

Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline

Survivors of Sexual Assault 
Help is also available for survivors of sexual assault via RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline.

City Services

The City of Highland Park has three social workers on staff: 

Kelly Kavanagh, Police Department Social Worker (support services to community victims & crime victims, liaising with Lake County Court system)
Michelle Koso, Victim Liaison - Resiliency Division (short term counseling sessions and resource navigation for individuals impacted by the Highland Park shooting)
Rachel Trabaris, Social Services Specialist - Senior Center (support services for Senior Center members, including coordination of support groups)