Domestic Violence

Mujeres’ Domestic Violence Program works to eliminate domestic violence and assists survivors to break the cycle of abuse in their families and in their lives. It provides comprehensive services to survivors and victims of domestic violence, from information and referrals to crisis intervention, legal advocacy, individual and group counseling to access to our 24 hour crisis hotline at (312) 738-5358.

Mujeres provides domestic violence counseling at our main facility in Pilsen and at our NorthRiverside location. Survivors receive emotional support, information about their rights and legal options, referrals to resources and assistance with creating a safety plan to keep themselves and their children out of danger. Mujeres' Domestic Violence court advocates are available to inform survivors about their legal right to obtain an order of protection against their abusers. They help them understand the legal process and can accompany them to court.

The Domestic Violence Program offers group and individual counseling for survivors and their children to help them overcome the emotional and psychological effects of the abuse experienced or witnessed. Through counseling participants are provided with emotional support, acquire skills to increase self-esteem, deepen knowledge about domestic violence, and learn about resources available to them and their families.

Mujeres also provides free child care onsite for children 12 years or younger while participants are receiving services. 

In addition, the organization provides community education on the issue of domestic violence. Mujeres engages in multiple community-based outreach efforts by providing education about domestic violence to groups including churches, schools, parents, teens, social service providers, law enforcement and medical personnel.

The Domestic Violence Program also provides U-Visa and VAWA assistance

All Domestic Violence staff is Spanish/English bilingual and all services are provided in either English or Spanish with the exception of counseling groups which are conducted in Spanish. 

The Domestic Violence Program is sponsored in part by the Alphawood Foundation; Chicago Foundation for Women; Community Memorial Foundation; Attorney General’s Office; Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority; Illinois Department of Human Services; DOJ's Office of Violence Against Women; Oak PArk River Forest Community Foundation; Irving Harris Foundation; TJX Foundation; VNA Foundation; and Chicago Tribune Charities and White Sox Community Fund, funds of the McCormick Foundation. 

For volunteer opportunities with the Domestic Violence Program, visit our volunteer page.

For more information about the Domestic Violence Program, please contact Estela Melgoza at 773-890-7671 or