Programs and Services

Surviving Sexual Violence During COVID-19

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.

Trauma Therapy and Crisis Intervention
We understand the many ways survivors and their families need immediate support during this time. In order to ensure that we are doing all we can to be available for those in need, we are offering one-time appointments with our trauma therapists remotely.  To be contacted by a therapist within 24-business hours to schedule or confirm an appointment please fill out this form. Trauma therapy is available in English and Spanish.

We also remain available for long term trauma therapy related to sexual violence. If you are interested in speaking with a therapist our trauma therapy services to survivors is now available by telephone and video conferencing. To be added to the trauma therapy wait list please call us at 312-443-9603 or contact us here.

Medical Advocacy
You have options for medical care. This includes evidence collection; preventative treatment for STIs, HIV, and pregnancy; and treatment for injuries. Click here to learn about our 24-hour telephone advocacy to survivors in our partner hospitals or to learn how to access medical care without visiting a hospital. Advocacy services are available in English and Spanish.

Legal Advocacy
Survivors have a variety of legal options available to them after a sexual assault.  Whether you need information and assistance regarding reporting to law enforcement, navigating your personal safety or how sexual assault has impacted your status as an employee, student or immigrant we are here to help.  For information on legal options available to you please click here. Our legal advocacy services are currently available remotely. To request legal advocacy, please call us at 312-443-9603 or contact us here. Advocacy services are available in English and Spanish.

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

Crisis intervention, medical and legal advocacy, and trauma therapy services are available to anyone in need of support in the Chicagoland area. As an independent rape crisis center and not-for-profit organization, we partner with local hospitals and organizations to deliver our services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

During or after receiving services, many survivors express an interest in wanting to stay involved with Resilience in some way.

If you want to continue to experience a sense of having a community where you are understood and supported, want to “pay it forward” by helping other survivors, or you just want to add your voice to the fight to end sexual violence in big or small, private or public ways, Survivor Engagement Committee might be for you. You do not have to be a current or former Resilience client to participate. Survivor Engagement Committee is open to all survivors. Click here to learn more about Survivor Engagement Committee.

Need Immediate Help?

Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: 1-888-293-2080 RAINN Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE

Advocacy

What is a an Advocate?

Navigating medical and legal systems during a crisis can feel overwhelming on your own. But you’re not alone. Advocates are your guides. They provide information and non-judgmental support throughout the process, including the emergency medical examination, evidence collection, police reports and court hearings. Services are confidential.

Crisis Intervention

Resilience provides in-person crisis response to survivors at 14 hospital emergency departments across the city.  During this confusing time, advocates help navigate hospital and police systems, provide information and emotional support, and take care of immediate needs such as clothing. They explain the rape kit, legal options, and survivor’s rights under Illinois’ Sexual Assault Survivors Emergency Treatment Act (SASETA).

Legal Advocacy

Every step of the way, after the ER to court, we will advocate for you, and liaison with law enforcement and prosecutors.  Navigating the criminal justice system can be overwhelming, and no victim should be alone during what can often be a lengthy process.

Medical Advocacy

From the initial medical examination through on-going care, it’s reassuring to have an advocate by your side. They can answer questions about treatment, go on doctor visits, and make sure you don’t get billed for medical services that are covered by law.

Counseling

Where There’s Support, There’s Hope

The trauma of being sexually assaulted goes far beyond the event itself. On the journey to becoming a survivor, it’s ok to ask for help. Resilience can help guide the healing process. Free and confidential counseling is provided by professional counselors to survivors of sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, and incest.

Individual Counseling

Survivors can receive individual counseling at Resilience’s Central (downtown) office or at the satellite offices located in the Austin community or the Northside.

Family Counseling

Couples and family counseling for survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones. Specialized counselors are available for adolescent survivors.

Support Groups

You are not alone. There are others that share a common experience. Support groups bring together survivors to help facilitate the recovery and healing process.

Schedule an Appointment

To learn more about our counseling services, or to schedule an appointment, call the Resilience Central Office at 312-443-9603.

Education

Promoting Empowerment and Positive Social Change

Simply starting a conversation about sexual and gender-based violence can help. By changing attitudes towards survivors and public perceptions about rape, we can improve the lives of survivors as a group. Through institutional and social advocacy, there’s hope for a world free of sexual violence.

Trainings for Professionals

How a victim is treated in the immediate aftermath of a rape is critical to their healing process. Interactions with hospital personnel and police can be especially stressful, and the response that educators and social service professionals have can be equally impactful. To ensure survivors get fair treatment and non-judgmental support, it’s important that those that work directly with survivors have the right training.

Locations

Resilience Central Office

All of our programs and services are available through our downtown location, including Legal and Medical Advocacy, Counseling, Education & Training, and volunteer services. To learn more about our services, or to schedule an appointment, call 312-443-9603 or send an email to info@ourresilience.org

RVA Central Office - 180 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 600 Chicago, IL 60601

Austin Community Office - 4909 West Division Street Suite 511, Chicago, IL 60651

Austin Community Office

Counseling and advocacy services to meet the needs of survivors and their significant others in Chicago’s Austin Community.

Northside Office - 1945 West Wilson Avenue Suite 6114, Chicago, IL 60640

Northside Office

Counseling and advocacy services to meet the needs of survivors and their significant others in Chicago’s Northside.

Stroger Hospital Satellite Office - Fantus Health Center, 1901 West Harrison Street Chicago , IL 60612

John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital

Through our partnership, we provide a wide range of services to the hospital’s inpatient and outpatient population. Our Stroger satellite office also serves the Illinois Medical District.

RISE Children's Center - 820 West Jackson Boulevard Suite 550, Chicago, IL 60607, USA

RISE Children’s Center

The RVA Children’s Medical/Legal Advocate specializes in providing advocacy services to children and adolescents and their significant others, throughout the medical and criminal justice processes.