About Us


Connections for Abused Women and their Children, formerly Chicago Abused Women Coalition, is committed to ending domestic violence. Using a self-help, empowerment approach, we provide a shelter for women and children, and counseling, advocacy, and a 24-hour hotline for people affected by domestic violence. We work for social change through education, service collaboration and institutional advocacy.

CAWC is a 501 (c) 3 designated nonprofit organization, staffed by a team of multi-cultural, bilingual professionals, volunteers, student interns and governed by a volunteer member Board of Directors who represent a variety of business and community interests. CAWC has an annual operating budget of approximately $1.7 million. CAWC enjoys a broad base of support from government, corporations, foundations, United Way and individual contributions as well as special event revenues.

CAWC has a long history of service and advocacy for abused women and their children. Over the years, CAWC has evolved in response to changing needs. To reflect the expanded scope of its current services and its goals for the future, CAWC changed its name from Chicago Abused Women Coalition to Connections for Abused Women and their Children, retaining its highly recognizable acronym of CAWC in 2008.

CAWC continues to be a recognized leader in the domestic violence field; active in coalitions and advocacy groups in the City and the State. It is known throughout Chicago for its emphasis on bi-cultural, bilingual services. Connections for Abused Women and their Children is a member of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Metropolitan Chicago Battered Women’s Network.