Services

Life Span Services

Victim Safety, Perpetrator Accountability, and Client Empowerment

Life Span Center for Legal Service and Advocacy provides information, advice, and legal civil representation to victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. Life Span provides services to victims only. We do not serve perpetrators. If any client or caller inquires about services for perpetrators, we will make referrals to competent providers of perpetrator services who meet State of Illinois guidelines for such services.

Life Span Anti-discrimination Statement

Life Span does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or age in the delivery of services. If you feel you have been discriminated against, you have the right to file a complaint with the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. The Authority can be contacted by calling their toll free number: 1-888-425-4248, or writing them at 200 W. Adams, Suite 200, Chicago, IL 60606. The Authority can also be contacted by email at cja.irc@illinois.gov.

Services For Victims of Domestic Violence

Life Span provides legal services, advocacy, and counseling services to victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence attorneys represent clients within the Cook County area. Our attorneys provide representation for victims of domestic violence in divorce, custody, visitation, Orders of Protection (OP) and other issues presented in Cook County’s Domestic Relations Division.Immigration assistance for domestic violence clients is also provided.

  • Divorce, Child Custody
  • Order of Protection
  • Civil No Contact Order
  • Target Abuser Call Project
  • Criminal Court Advocacy
  • Immigration Assistance
  • Adult, Teen, & Child Counseling
  • Services are available in Spanish, Polish and Arabic
  • 24-hour Crisis Line (847) 532-9540
Legal Services

Services For Sexual Violence Survivors

If you are a survivor of sexual abuse or sexual assault, you may be able to get a protective order to help keep you safe. You have rights under the law even if you did not report the assault to the police, if the assault happened some time ago, or if the police and/or State’s Attorney’s Office have told you that there is not enough evidence for a criminal case.

  • Civil No Contact Orders
  • Legal advocacy with issues stemming from assault
  • Trainings to Police Departments, Prosecutors, Colleges & Universities, and Social Service Agencies
  • Immigration Assistance
  • Services are available in Spanish, Polish and Arabic
Legal Services

Counseling

Our counseling services are supportive and educational. Life Span believes that when given correct information, and a safe environment to ask questions and learn about resources, any client can become his/her own best advocate, and develop a safety plan that works.

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Training

Life Span is an approved Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional (ICDVP) training site. Due to funding constraints, Life Span has temporarily suspended the Domestic Violence 40-hour training. Check back for updated information.

* For more information, call: (847) 824-0382

Advocacy

Life Span staff provide training to professionals who work with victims of domestic violence and sexual violence to ensure the responsive and appropriate delivery of public services to battered women, survivors, and their children by the medical community, criminal justice system, law enforcement, educators, and social service providers.

  • Education
  • Consultation
  • Community Involvement
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