The mission of the Violence Prevention Center is to serve individuals and families in Cook County affected by domestic and sexual violence and to act as a catalyst in building healthy relationships and developing a community where violence is not tolerated.
How long has VPC been around?
The VPC in existence for over 30 years. While our name and logo has evolved over the years, our mission has remained the same; serving all who are affected by violence.
What populations do you serve?
Anyone can be subjected to or affected by domestic and/or sexual violence regardless of age, race, gender identity/expression, ethnicity, national origin, abilities, immigration status, sexual orientation, religion, or socioeconomic status. The VPC does not discriminate and works with anyone who currently is or has been subjected to or affected by domestic and/or sexual violence including minors. We work with primary survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence as well as secondary survivors. Secondary survivors are those who are close to the primary survivor and suffer consequences of the violence alongside the primary survivor. Secondary survivors can be friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, teachers, religious leaders, coaches, community members etc. Our staff and volunteers create a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment for everyone.
What legal advocacy do you provide?
We will assist you in getting an Order for Protection or a Harassment Restraining Order, we can also assist you with getting financial assistance for this process. We can be emotional support in court both in civil and criminal matters. We can offer resources for legal advice, but we do not give legal advice.
How are you funded?
The VPC is funded by state and private grants as well as local financial support.
Are you the same entity as Law Enforcement or the Health and Human Services?
While we are mandated reporters, we are not enforcers of public policy. We serve clients by offering resources and letting them decided how to proceed. We do not give legal advice.
What are the costs and requirements to receive our services?
There is absolutely no cost to speak with us or income requirements to work with us. Every person is welcome and encouraged to contact us.
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