Domestic Violence Programs

Shelter and Safety for Abuse Survivors and Their Children

With a multi-lingual shelter, education and outreach programs, and hospital services across Chicago, we provide immediate safety and long-term services for domestic violence survivors and their children. It’s the start of taking back your life.

Regaining your life from domestic violence

Coming to our shelter is one of the first step to taking back your life. We’ll provide the immediate safety and long-term steps to live the life you deserve.

Domestic violence of all types is inflicted on adults all across Chicago. It doesn’t discriminate between rich and poor. It affects people of every race, ethnic group, and culture. It take many forms: physical, emotional, financial, sexual, and more.

If you are a victim of any or all of these, we have a bi-lingual, multi-cultural staff to provide appropriate support services, information and referral to community services.

Contact us. Walk in. Take back your life.

Protecting survivors and their children

CAWC was the first domestic violence shelter in Chicago to provide beds for male and female children up to 18 years old. You don’t have choose between protecting your kids and getting safe. You can all find your shelter.

Victims of domestic violence can receive:

  • Emergency shelter
  • Individual and group counseling
  • life skills training in goal setting, budgeting and safety planning
  • Housing, income, employment and educational information
  • Legal advocacy including court orders and immigration
  • Specialized services for children who have witnesses domestic violence to help break the cycle of violence in families

Humboldt Park Outreach Program (HPOP)

HPOP provides a full range of bilingual and bicultural (Spanish/English) core domestic violence services to adults and children on a walk-in or appointment basis.


  • Crisis Intervention
  • Counseling and Safety Planning
  • Referral and Legal Advocacy
  • More

Learn more about HPOP

Hospital Crisis Intervention Project (HCIP)

Bedside or follow-up services for victims of domestic abuse throughout Chicago We make sure you get short and long-term help.


  • On-site crisis intervention and counseling
  • Training for healthcare providers
  • Improve system-wide response to domestic violence
  • More

Learn more about our Intervention Project

Greenhouse Shelter

24 hours a day. 365 days a year. We’re one of Chicago’s largest domestic violence shelters, providing safe refuge; safety planning; court advocacy; individual and group counseling for adults and children; life skills development and referrals.


  • 42 beds
  • Shelters teens up to 18
  • Multi-lingual services

Learn more about Greenhouse Shelter

Domestic Violence Services at Haymarket

Struggles with alcohol or substance abuse issues prevent too many survivors from seeking the help they need. We provide services so that DV survivors can overcome these serious issues together.


  • Domestic violence education
  • Core domestic violence services
  • Group counseling

Learn more about our Haymarket Program

My life has positively changed due to the contributions and support of CAWC. I am now stronger due to the information, advocacy and support I received. CAWC has given me and my children the opportunity to rebuild and start a new chapter in our lives. Thank you CAWC.


A domestic violence survivor

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