In 1984 a group of citizens concerned about the rising number of women abused by their partners founded the Women’s Crisis Center. On 1/30/1997, the Center changed its official name to the Crisis Center Foundation (CCF). In 2002, CCF moved to its current location. CCF currently employs seven full-time and seven part-time employees who provide 24 hour, non-residential and emergency shelter services to victims of domestic violence and their children. Although located in Jacksonville, the CCF provides the only comprehensive domestic violence services in Morgan, Scott, Cass and Greene Counties.
The mission of CCF is to enable victims of domestic violence to regain or develop the skills needed to live without further abuse. We believe that the use of violence to control or manipulate behaviors is ineffective and extremely harmful and could be life threatening. We believe that every person is entitled to a life free from fear, violence and harm. This includes being free from isolation, emotional, economic, sexual, and physical abuse, intimidation, threats, and using children to control or manipulate. Those who utilize these tactics should be held accountable for their actions.
A trained advocate is available 24 hours/day, 365 days/year to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referral. Guidance and support navigating judicial and law enforcement systems are a large portion of services. Over 80% of victims served request legal advocacy including assistance with filing Orders of Protection, advocating with law enforcement, information regarding family law issues or support during various court hearings. Advocates provide assistance with Emergency and Plenary Orders of Protection, civil and criminal legal matters pertaining to domestic violence and family law, education regarding the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, Victims’ Rights, Automated Victim Notification and Victims Compensation. However, Legal Advocates are not attorneys and cannot represent victims or give legal advice. Victims are often forced to flee their homes to escape abuse. The Center operates an emergency shelter for victims and their children offering a safe, supportive environment. Shelter for adult males is provided at an alternate location. The trauma resulting from violence can be severe and long lasting. Advocates provide emotional support addressing domestic violence related issues in both individual and group formats for adults and children. Having income and a safe, affordable place to live are vital to achieving independence from an abusive relationship. With limited resources in the area assistance with securing these basic needs is a priority. Advocates provide referrals to resources and assistance with accessing housing, employment, economic, medical, educational, and social service resources. They teach skills to obtain economic independence, help victims learn effective, non-violent ways to parent children and teach fundamental skills to improve daily living and independence. Advocates provide presentations about domestic violence and services available to raise awareness, assist in the prevention of violence and to positively change the practices and policies of agencies that interact with victims. All services provided are self-determined, victim-centered, and trauma informed.