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Comprehensive services for individuals
& families impacted by domestic violence


In 1983 the organization established the Groundwork Domestic Violence Program, recognizing the crime of domestic violence as a community problem, and successfully coordinated efforts among professional services to build and enhance broad- based support for its program. Groundwork provides comprehensive programming for survivors and their families that includes a 24- Hour Emergency Hotline and Emergency Shelter, Crisis Intervention & Safety Planning, Individual and Group Counseling, Legal and Medical Advocacy and Prevention Education and Community Outreach.

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Groundwork believes that the crime of domestic violence is a community problem and strives for coordinated efforts among professional services, as well, as broad-based support for its program.  Through supportive and professional services, Groundwork provides:

  • 24-hour Confidential Hotline

  • Emergency Shelter

  • Crisis Intervention & Safety Planning

  • Individual Counseling

  • Group Counseling

  • Domestic Violence Education Program (for survivors referred from child welfare or legal system)

  • Legal Advocacy

  • Medical Advocacy

  • Prevention Education

  • Community Presentations

*All services are free and confidential. No income or insurance necessary. Services are available regardless of immigration status.

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Groundwork provides a comprehensive service program for domestic violence victims. Although law enforcement and other community agencies refer domestic violence victims to Groundwork, client status relies on self-referral. Participation is voluntary.


Eligibility shall be without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual preference, or physical or mental disability. There are no fees for Groundwork’s services.


Clients eligible for services are adults (over the age of eighteen) and their dependents that are, or have been victims of, or, threatened with domestic violence or abuse, either physical, sexual, or emotional violence as defined by the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986.


Children are eligible for services based on their parents’ or legal guardians’ eligibility and with their signed consent. The adult must be an active client.

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If you are in immediate danger, please dial 9-1-1 .

For more information or to initiate services, please call the 24-hour hotline at 815-729-1228.

For services in Spanish, please call 815-729-0930 ext. 1439.

For general inquires please contact Melanie Skach, Program Manager at 815-729-0930 ext. 1436 or

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