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Rainbow House helps survivors of domestic violence achieve saftey, stability, and health. We do so through counseling, legal advocacy, prevention and intervention education, specialized community outreach, safety plan creation, emotional support, and referrals.
Adult Services Program: New clients meet weekly with the Coordinator of Adult Services. These sessions allow clients to build rapport with the coordinator, leading to honesty about their feelings, challenges, and successes. Clients also participate in Women’s Groups. Led by staff members, these weekly sessions allow for sharing stories, developing relationships, and sharing resources and support with each other. Abusers often isolate women from their community, but these groups help women reconnect and find strength in knowing they are not alone.
Legal Advocacy: Beyond counseling, the women often need legal support. Our Legal Advocate is bilingual in English and Spanish, providing a critical link of understanding for the majority of our adult clients who speak only Spanish. After educating the women on the legal system, their rights, and what constitutes abuse, she begins an intake to assess a client’s needs. Typically, the first priority is obtaining an Order of Protection. The Legal Advocate helps clients fill out required forms and accompanies them to court, giving them the reassurance and confidence they need to obtain the Order. Afterwards, they work together to identify other possible legal remedies.
Children’s Services Program: We attempt to address the physical, emotional, and educational needs of children who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence. The Children’s Program Coordinator devises and implements a program that best suits the children who visit us. Rainbow House also has a licensed Children’s Therapist, who meets with the children of clients once a week to provide individual counseling to address the emotional and developmental needs of children affected by abuse through counseling, play therapy, art therapy, and health care.
Education & Outreach: The Rainbow House Domestic Violence Prevention and Education Program is directed at the roots of domestic violence. Through collaborations with the Kid Care program, the Illinois Department of Public Health, Child and Family Connections, and La Rabida’s Children’s Advocacy Center, Rainbow House helps children identify the signs of domestic violence and connects them with resources for responding to abuse. Rainbow House also offers a series of therapeutic programs for children that are intended to stop the cycle of abuse from recurring in the next generation. Finally, we educate the general community about domestic violence and advocate for legislation that will benefit survivors of domestic violence and reduce its future occurrence.
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