Resources for Victims

We have compiled a list of resources for those impacted by gun violence.  Clicking on the organizations name will open their website.


A Safe Haven

This not-for-profit foundation that helps renews communities and rebuilds lives. With a holistic approach, the foundation helps to provide services such as affordable housing, addiction treatment, education and job training.

Apna Ghar

Apna Ghar provides emergency shelter and transitional housing, along with a range of supportive services, to survivors of domestic abuse in the Chicago area. All services are free and available to survivors regardless of race, religion, ethnic origin, or socioeconomic status.

Bereaved Parents of the USA

Bereaved Parents of the USA (BP/USA) is a national non-profit self-help group that offers support, understanding, compassion and hope especially to the newly bereaved be they bereaved parents grandparents or siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of their children, grandchildren or siblings.

Build Chicago

BUILD’s mission is to engage at-risk youth in the schools and on the streets, so they can realize their educational and career potential and contribute to the stability, safety and well being of our communities.

Casa Central

Casa Central transforms lives and strengthens communities with a special focus on Hispanics. Our network of services propels a diverse population of all ages toward self-sufficiency and a higher quality of life.

Chicago Area Project (CAP)

The Chicago Area Project (CAP) is a, not-for-profit organization with a distinguished history and demonstrable track record of over 75 years of work in delinquency prevention and service in disadvantaged urban neighborhoods. The original mission of CAP has not changed since its inception:To work toward the prevention and eradication of juvenile delinquency through the development and support of affiliated local community self-help efforts in communities where the need is greatest.

Chicago Safe Start

This page offers an informative overview of the Chicago Safe Start initiative, our work, our history and our partnerships. We offer a thorough mix of web links to guide you to other websites that address the issue of children?s exposure to violence and trauma from many angles.

Chicago’s Citizens for Change

It is the Mission of Chicago’s Citizens for Change (CCC) to reduce youth violence through programs and partnerships that strengthen communities and promote restorative peace-making by supporting families and youth who have experienced loss due to violence.

Crisis Center for South Suburbia

The Crisis Center for South Suburbia is a non-profit community organization that provides emergency shelter and other essential services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence and addresses the societal issues that contribute to domestic violence.

Illinois Attorney General

The Office of the Attorney General has made it a priority to provide services that help victims of violent crime meet their challenges and regain some peace of mind.

The Illinois Attorney General – Crime Victim Compensation Program

The Illinois Crime Victim Compensation Program provides direct financial assistance to innocent victims of violent crime to reimburse out-of-pocket expenses related to the crime.

The Illinois Attorney General – Domestic Violence Fund

The Domestic Violence Fund provides funding for legal advocacy, legal assistance, and legal services to victims of domestic violence who are or have been married or in a civil union. This fund is awarded from a portion of marriage license fees and a portion of civil union license fees. Any public or private not-for-profit agency that provides services to victims of domestic violence may apply to the Illinois Attorney General for funding from the Domestic Violence Fund.

The Illinois Attorney General – Violent Crime Victim Assistance (VCVA)

The Violent Crime Victim Assistance (VCVA) Program provides grants to victim and witness assistance programs throughout the state. Here, you will find links to the Quarterly Report, Eligibility Requirements, List of Grantees, RFP Information, and Application Kits.

The Illinois Attorney General – Automated Victim Notification (AVN)

The Automated Victim Notification (AVN) System allows crime victims throughout Illinois to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day via telephone, Web, or e-mail.

The Illinois Attorney General – Statewide Victim Assistance Program

The Statewide Victim Assistance Program provides services to crime victims and witnesses whose cases are prosecuted by the Office of the Attorney General, including Sexually Violent Persons petitions. The program is also available to the 102 state’s attorneys across Illinois.

La Rabida Children’s Trauma Center

La Rabida Children’s Hospital is dedicated to excellence in caring for children with chronic illness, disabilities, or who have been abused, allowing them to achieve their fullest potential through expertise and innovation within the health care and academic communities.

Metropolitan Family Services

Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, Metropolitan provides a wide variety of programs and services designed to strengthen families and help them realize their full potential.

Mothers of Murdered Sons

Mothers of Murdered Sons (MOMS) is a self help group to support mothers that have lost their children to violence. Moms meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month at the Bellwood Library at 600 Bohland Ave, Bellwood, IL from 1:30-3:30pm.

Northside Community Resources

To reduce the impact of violence by providing support, advocacy and education to survivors of violent crime; to support each victim’s right to live free of violence and abuse.

Office for Victims of Crime – Illinois Compensation and Assistance

A sampling of programs listed in your state/territory. For a comprehensive list of services in your area, conduct a search of OVC’sOnline Directory of Crime Victim Services. This comprehensive and user-friendly database is searchable by location, type of victimization, type of agency, and available services.

Parents of Murdered Children – Central Illinois

POMC Chapters hold monthly meetings, provide support, advocacy and court accompaniment.

Parents of Murdered Children – Chicago Area

The Chicago Area Chapter of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc. holds monthly meetings, provides a telephone network of support, supplies information about the grief process, organizes a speakers bureau and provides accompaniment for survivors who must attend court proceedings.

Parents of Murdered Children – Dupage County

POMC Chapters hold monthly meetings, provide support, advocacy and court accompaniment.

Parents of Murdered Children – Saint Louis Area

POMC Chapters hold monthly meetings, provide support, advocacy and court accompaniment.

Sheilah A. Doyle Foundation

The Sheilah A. Doyle Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides support and assistance to children ages 7-17 whose parent, legal guardian, or sibling fell victim to homicide. Through our partnership with Comfort Zone Camp ( and our college scholarship program, we believe that we can transform a child’s tragedy into a bright future.

State of Illinois Prisoner Review Board

As a high priority, the Illinois Prisoner Review Board has formed a specialized unit devoted to assisting victims of crimes through the Victims Notification (VN) Unit. Victims are placed in the Victim Notification Program upon request. Any victim or person who would like to be notified must submit a written request for notification.

The Illinois Department of Corrections

“The mission of the Department of Corrections is to protect the public from criminal offenders through a system of incarceration and supervision which securely segregates offenders from society, assures offenders of their constitutional rights and maintains programs to enhance the success of offenders’ reentry into society.”

The National Center for Victims of Crime

The National Center’s Connect Directory provides a fast and easy way to locate crime victim assistance in a wide variety of jurisdictions throughout the country. Simply provide as much information as possible and hit the search button to find crime victim assistance organizations near you.


UCAN’s website is full of personal stories, program descriptions, and opportunities for you to get involved in our important work. UCAN has been serving the Chicagoland community since the Civil War, and we have learned a thing or two-and served hundreds of thousands of individuals-in the process. Please do take the time to explore our website.

Youth Guidance

Youth Guidance creates and implements school-based programs that enable at-risk children to overcome obstacles, focus on their education and, ultimately, to succeedin school and in life.


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