Local Domestic Violence Resources

Here you will find local domestic violence resources, courthouse information, shelters, childcare, employment services, food/benefits, housing support, mental health services, pet shelters, etc.   

Northeastern Cook County (Townships: Evanston, Maine, New Trier, Niles Northfield)  

Northwestern Cook County (Townships: Barrington, Elk Grove, Hanover, Palatine, Schaumberg, Wheeling) 

Lake County (Townships: Benton, Deerfield, Libertyville, Moraine, Newport, Shields, Vernon, Warren, Waukegan, Zion) 

Banana Bread Help

Do you or someone you know need help, but need to access information in a more discreet manner? Check out BananaBreadHelp.com. This special banana bread recipe includes important information about domestic violence and informational videos including knowing the signs of domestic violence, how to get help, and the intersection of domestic violence with immigration and housing. No one should live in fear or danger. The North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic is here to help. For questions please be in touch at info@NSLegalAid.org or (847) 737-4042.

Illinois DV Laws 

Illinois Domestic Violence Act: The Illinois Domestic Violence Act (IDVA) recognizes domestic violence as a serious crime. It establishes a legal remedy for victims of domestic violence known as an Order of Protection and requires law enforcement officers to provide specific types of assistance to victims.

Illinois Marriage Dissolution Act: The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA) provides the legal framework for divorce in the state. It outlines the grounds for divorce, addressing issues such as the division of marital property, spousal maintenance, child custody, and visitation rights.

Civil No Contact Statute: The Civil No Contact Order Act is a statute in the state of Illinois that governs civil no-contact orders. The act provides a legal framework for obtaining orders of protection in cases where individuals seek relief from harassment, stalking, or other forms of unwanted contact.