Programs and Services
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 Counseling 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, seven days a week.
Need Immediate Help?
Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: 1-888-293-2080 RAINN Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE
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.
RVA 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).
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.
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.
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. RVA 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.
Survivors can receive individual counseling at RVA’s Central (downtown) office or at the satellite offices located in the Austin community or the Northside.
Couples and family counseling for survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones. Specialized counselors are available for adolescent survivors.
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 RVA Central Office at 312-443-9603.
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.
RVA 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Austin Community Office
Counseling and advocacy services to meet the needs of survivors and their significant others in Chicago’s Austin Community.
Counseling and advocacy services to meet the needs of survivors and their significant others in Chicago’s Northside.
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
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.