End the Abuse help for domestic violence

Services are available in Spanish and in English to victims of domestic violence and their families. All services provided to victims are provided free of charge. There is a sliding fee scale for the Abuser Intervention Program.


24-Hour Hotline


Staffed by specially trained domestic violence advocates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Emergency Shelter

South Suburban Family Shelter can help you and your children obtain short term emergency shelter. For more information call the 24-hour hotline: 708-335-3028

Counseling Office


Adult Counseling Services

The purpose of the Adult Counseling Program at South Suburban Family Shelter is to provide adult victims of domestic violence with information and the skills that they need to recover from domestic violence. In individual counseling the SSFS staff help women become empowered so they can make their own decisions. Victims can also learn about breaking the cycle of violence, receive assertiveness training and build healthy relationships. Through group support, victims begin to feel they are not alone and learn to build their confidence.


Child Counseling Services

The purpose of the Counseling Program for Child Victims/Witnesses is to provide children with the advocacy, support and skills that they need to recover from witnessing domestic violence. Counseling is crucial for any child who has lived in a domestic violence situation.


Empowerment through Education

Current counseling clients may also receive case management through Project R.E.N.E.W (Recognizing the Economic Need to Empower Women). This program provides education concerning economics, career, housing and immigration issues.

Hospital Advocacy

The purpose of the South Suburban Family Shelter Hospital Advocacy Program is to: provide outreach to the community about domestic violence and the services available, identify domestic violence victims who come into the emergency room of area hospitals, and provide identified domestic violence victims with information, support, and advocacy. The area hospitals that collaborate with South Suburban Family Shelter on this project last year were:

  • Advocate/South Suburban Hospital and Medical Center, Hazel Crest
  • Franciscan St. James Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago Heights campus
  • Ingalls Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, Harvey
  • Franciscan St. James Hospital and Medical Center, Olympia Fields campus
  • Ingalls Urgent Care in Calumet City
  • Ingalls Urgent Care in Flossmoor
  • Ingalls Urgent Care in Tinley Park
  • Cook County Health Center in Ford Heights