Domestic Violence Services

The First Step

Contacting Remedies is the first step taken by most victims when they decide to escape the violence, begin the healing, and establish a new life. Whether residing in the domestic violence shelter, or attending on-site appointments, we provide a holistic continuum of care where survivors can address their physical, mental, emotional, and social needs.

Our mission is to support victims of domestic violence as they begin the recovery process and plan for a future free of abuse. As victims regain inner strength and rebuild self esteem, we are with them every step of their journey and provide a continuum of care, which allows them to transition from victim to survivor.

Remedies offers case management, education, advocacy, and emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence. Remedies’ shelter is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and all our domestic violence services are free.We are committed to protecting the privacy of our clients, and we strictly adhere to all applicable federal and state laws that protect such confidentiality.

For individuals living with and suffering from domestic violence, making the call to a shelter is one of the most difficult calls to make. Once the call is made, it is the beginning of a journey toward a life free of violence. Upon entering Remedies’ shelter, staff is available to help victims and their children adjust to their new surroundings and to help build the bridge between the life left behind and a future filled with freedom and new beginnings.

“Thank you to all of the staff at the shelter. I am here today because you listened to me. You are just like family and I will always be grateful for the gift you gave me– my freedom.”
-Shelter Resident

Domestic Violence Services

The First Step

Contacting Remedies is the first step taken by most victims when they decide to escape the violence, begin the healing, and establish a new life. Whether residing in the domestic violence shelter, or attending on-site appointments, we provide a holistic continuum of care where survivors can address their physical, mental, emotional, and social needs.

Our mission is to support victims of domestic violence as they begin the recovery process and plan for a future free of abuse. As victims regain inner strength and rebuild self esteem, we are with them every step of their journey and provide a continuum of care, which allows them to transition from victim to survivor.

Remedies offers case management, education, advocacy, and emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence. Remedies’ shelter is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and all our domestic violence services are free.We are committed to protecting the privacy of our clients, and we strictly adhere to all applicable federal and state laws that protect such confidentiality.

For individuals living with and suffering from domestic violence, making the call to a shelter is one of the most difficult calls to make. Once the call is made, it is the beginning of a journey toward a life free of violence. Upon entering Remedies’ shelter, staff is available to help victims and their children adjust to their new surroundings and to help build the bridge between the life left behind and a future filled with freedom and new beginnings.

“Thank you to all of the staff at the shelter. I am here today because you listened to me. You are just like family and I will always be grateful for the gift you gave me– my freedom.”
-Shelter Resident

Do you need help?

We are here to answer your call 24 hours a day.
When it is safe, pick up the phone and dial 815.962.6102

Services Provided While at the Shelter

Personal Needs

Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Personal care items and kits
Clothing
Linens (sheets, blankets, towels, pillows)
Laundry facilities
Secure living arrangements

Case Management

Safety planning
Women and children advocacy
Access to essential services
Service plans
Short and long term goals
Help with Orders of Protection

Is the Shelter handicapped accessible?

Yes. The Shelter is fully accessible.

What will be expected of me?

You will be expected to set goals for yourself and work toward those goals. All residents are required to attend educational groups and be present at house meetings, when possible. You will be expected to to abide by all house rules, and to meet with your case manager regularly. Mistreatment of a child is not tolerated, nor is verbal abuse or physical discipline such as spanking.

How long can I stay?

The average stay ranges from 25 – 30 days; however, you may choose to leave at any time. During your stay, your case manager will work with you to ensure you are making progress toward your goals.

What other facilities does the Shelter offer?

In addition to a bed, linens, and items you need for your personal care, the shelter offers everything you will need during your stay. Restrooms and showers are centrally located, laundry facilities are available, a fully equipped playroom for toddlers is available, and a common area is available to all shelter residents. There is also a kitchen and dining area where you may prepare food and share a meal with your family.

What to Expect When Arriving at Remedies

Leaving your home and moving into a shelter can be frightening. We understand that. Not knowing what to expect might be keeping you from making the call. Please, don’t let it. Let us help.

How Will I Know That I’ll Be Safe?

Your safety is our first priority. Our shelter has outside and inside cameras, double entry gateways, and areas restricted to badge access. Additionally, our staff is made aware of any special concerns and remains on watch around the clock.

Will my children be safe?

Yes, your children will be safe. Unless your children are in school or participating in a counseling session they are under your watch and care at all times.

What about their schooling?

Remedies has an agreement and partnership with local school districts which allows your children to continue attending their home school. Transportation is provided from the shelter to their school in the morning and back to the shelter after school.

What can I bring with me to the Shelter?

Lockers are available but are only able to store small items. Plan to bring only important documents and items essential to you and your children’s personal care including clothing, medicines, toiletries, and personal hygiene items.

What if I have to leave my personal items behind?

If your name is on the lease or deed to the property from which you fled, we can arrange for a police officer to accompany you to pick up essential personal belongings from your residence. If you are not able to return to your residence, your case manager will work with you to replace clothing, medications, birth certificates, and any other vital items left behind.

Will I be Sleeping on a Cot?

No. The only time you would be offered a cot is when our shelter is full and our only option to secure your safety is to offer you and/or your children a cot. Otherwise, our shelter rooms are designed to accommodate adults and/or families.

Services Provided While at the Shelter

Personal Needs

Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Personal care items and kits
Clothing
Linens (sheets, blankets, towels, pillows)
Laundry facilities
Secure living arrangements

Case Management

Safety planning
Women and children advocacy
Access to essential services
Service plans
Short and long term goals
Help with Orders of Protection

Is the Shelter handicapped accessible?

Yes. The Shelter is fully accessible.

What will be expected of me?

You will be expected to set goals for yourself and work toward those goals. All residents are required to attend educational groups and be present at house meetings, when possible. You will be expected to to abide by all house rules, and to meet with your case manager regularly. Mistreatment of a child is not tolerated, nor is verbal abuse or physical discipline such as spanking.

How long can I stay?

The average stay ranges from 25 – 30 days; however, you may choose to leave at any time. During your stay, your case manager will work with you to ensure you are making progress toward your goals.

What other facilities does the Shelter offer?

In addition to a bed, linens, and items you need for your personal care, the shelter offers everything you will need during your stay. Restrooms and showers are centrally located, laundry facilities are available, a fully equipped playroom for toddlers is available, and a common area is available to all shelter residents. There is also a kitchen and dining area where you may prepare food and share a meal with your family.

What to Expect When Arriving at Remedies

Leaving your home and moving into a shelter can be frightening. We understand that. Not knowing what to expect might be keeping you from making the call. Please, don’t let it. Let us help.

How Will I Know That I’ll Be Safe?

Your safety is our first priority. Our shelter has outside and inside cameras, double entry gateways, and areas restricted to badge access. Additionally, our staff is made aware of any special concerns and remains on watch around the clock.

Will my children be safe?

Yes, your children will be safe. Unless your children are in school or participating in a counseling session they are under your watch and care at all times.

What about their schooling?

Remedies has an agreement and partnership with local school districts which allows your children to continue attending their home school. Transportation is provided from the shelter to their school in the morning and back to the shelter after school.

What can I bring with me to the Shelter?

Lockers are available but are only able to store small items. Plan to bring only important documents and items essential to you and your children’s personal care including clothing, medicines, toiletries, and personal hygiene items.

What if I have to leave my personal items behind?

If your name is on the lease or deed to the property from which you fled, we can arrange for a police officer to accompany you to pick up essential personal belongings from your residence. If you are not able to return to your residence, your case manager will work with you to replace clothing, medications, birth certificates, and any other vital items left behind.

Will I be Sleeping on a Cot?

No. The only time you would be offered a cot is when our shelter is full and our only option to secure your safety is to offer you and/or your children a cot. Otherwise, our shelter rooms are designed to accommodate adults and/or families.

Have I Been or Am I Being Abused?

  • Ignored your feelings
  • Ridiculed or insulted your gender as a whole
  • Made comments about your gender being good for only one thing
  • Ridiculed or insulted your valued beliefs (i.e. religion, education)
  • Withheld approval, appreciation or affection as punishment
  • Continually criticized you, called you names, shouted at you, etc.
  • Insulted or drove away family or friends
  • Humiliated you in private or public, refused to socialize with you
  • Kept you from working, controlled all the money, made all decisions
  • Refused to work or contribute to the family
  • Taken car keys or money from you
  • Threatened to leave or told you to leave, more than once
  • Threatened to hurt you or your family – Threatened to hurt him/herself
  • Punished or deprived your children when he was angry at you
  • Threatened to kidnap your children if you leave
  • Abused household pets to hurt you
  • Told you about affairs/outside relationships to hurt you
  • Manipulated you with lies and contradictions
  • Told you about drug/alcohol use as a means to hurt you
  • Pushed, shoved, slapped or grabbed at you
  • Prevented you from leaving, interfered with your personal liberty
  • Kicked, pinched, beaten or bit you
  • Tied you up/locked you up
  • Locked you out of the house/forced you to remain outside
  • Abandoned you while out
  • Refused to help you when you were sick, injured or pregnant
  • Subjected you to reckless driving (with or without substance abuse)
  • Vehicular endangerment while you are driving or kept you from driving
  • Sexually assaulted you
  • Threatened to harm or kill you
  • Threatened to or did hurt you with or without a weapon
  • Treated women or men as sex objects—“That’s all they’re good for” attitude
  • Been jealously angry, accusing you of being willing to have sex with anyone
  • Controlling how you dress; to be more or less “sexy”
  • Minimized or ignored your feelings towards sex – criticized you sexually
  • Insisted on unwanted and uncomfortable touching
  • Withheld sex and affection as a form of punishment
  • Calls you sexual names: whore, slut, etc.
  • Forced you to strip when you did not want to
  • Showed sexual interest in other men/women in public
  • Had sex with other people after agreeing to a monogamous relationship
  • Forced you to have sex with him/her or another person
  • Forced you to watch others having sex
  • Forced you to participated in unwanted sexual acts: oral sex, etc.
  • Forced you to participate in sexual activities when you were sick
  • Forced you to participate in sexual activities for the purpose of hurting you
  • Committed sadistic sexual acts
  • Used sex as a form of controlling you

Which of the following statements best describe the way you feel?

  • I am often in doubt of my judgment or wonder if I am crazy
  • I am often afraid of my partner’s reaction
  • I express my opinion less freely or frequently than I would like
  • I am afraid of other people
  • I see people/friends/family less frequently than I would like
  • I spend a lot of time watching for my partner’s moods before bringing up certain subjects, etc.
  • I worry about, or ask permission to spend money, take classes or socialize with friends/family
  • I have lost all or some confidence in my abilities
  • I feel trapped, powerless, hopeless
  • I feel that I have changed in a negative way since becoming involved in this relationship
  • I feel that my partner has changed in a negative way
  • I feel that my interests and needs do not matter in the relationship

Have I Been or Am I Being Abused?

–  Ignored your feelings
–  Ridiculed or insulted your gender as a whole
–  Made comments about your gender being good for only one thing
–  Ridiculed or insulted your valued beliefs (i.e. religion, education)
–  Withheld approval, appreciation or affection as punishment
–  Continually criticized you, called you names, shouted at you, etc.
–  Insulted or drove away family or friends
–  Humiliated you in private or public, refused to socialize with you
–  Kept you from working, controlled all the money, made all decisions
–  Refused to work or contribute to the family
–  Taken car keys or money from you
–  Threatened to leave or told you to leave, more than once
–  Threatened to hurt you or your family
–  Threatened to hurt him/herself
–  Punished or deprived your children when he was angry at you
–  Threatened to kidnap your children if you leave
–  Abused household pets to hurt you
–  Told you about affairs/outside relationships to hurt you
–  Manipulated you with lies and contradictions
–  Told you about drug/alcohol use as a means to hurt you

  • Pushed, shoved, slapped or grabbed at you
  • Prevented you from leaving, interfered with your personal liberty
  • Kicked, pinched, beaten or bit you
  • Tied you up/locked you up
  • Locked you out of the house/forced you to remain outside
  • Abandoned you while out
  • Refused to help you when you were sick, injured or pregnant
  • Subjected you to reckless driving (with or without substance abuse)
  • Vehicular endangerment while you are driving or kept you from driving
  • Sexually assaulted you
  • Threatened to harm or kill you
  • Threatened to or did hurt you with or without a weapon
  • Treated women or men as sex objects—“That’s all they’re good for” attitude
  • Been jealously angry, accusing you of being willing to have sex with anyone
  • Controlling how you dress; to be more or less “sexy”
  • Minimized or ignored your feelings towards sex – criticized you sexually
  • Insisted on unwanted and uncomfortable touching
  • Withheld sex and affection as a form of punishment
  • Calls you sexual names: whore, slut, etc.
  • Forced you to strip when you did not want to
  • Showed sexual interest in other men/women in public
  • Had sex with other people after agreeing to a monogamous relationship
  • Forced you to have sex with him/her or another person
  • Forced you to watch others having sex
  • Forced you to participated in unwanted sexual acts: oral sex, etc.
  • Forced you to participate in sexual activities when you were sick
  • Forced you to participate in sexual activities for the purpose of hurting you
  • Committed sadistic sexual acts
  • Used sex as a form of controlling you

Which of the following statements best describe the way you feel?

  • I am often in doubt of my judgment or wonder if I am crazy
  • I am often afraid of my partner’s reaction
  • I express my opinion less freely or frequently than I would like
  • I am afraid of other people
  • I see people/friends/family less frequently than I would like
  • I spend a lot of time watching for my partner’s moods before bringing up certain subjects, etc.
  • I worry about, or ask permission to spend money, take classes or socialize with friends/family
  • I have lost all or some confidence in my abilities
  • I feel trapped, powerless, hopeless
  • I feel that I have changed in a negative way since becoming involved in this relationship
  • I feel that my partner has changed in a negative way
  • I feel that my interests and needs do not matter in the relationship