Ending Violence Against Women & Children


YWCA Elgin Commitment Statement: The YWCA Elgin supports anti-violence policies that protect victims, holds perpetrators accountable, and work to eradicate sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking crimes, gun violence, trafficking of women and girls, and dating violence. Specifically, we support the continuance and full funding for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and legislation that ensures employment stability and economic security for victims of violent acts.

It's a Fact!
1 in 6 women will be victims of sexual assault in their lifetime
54% of sexual assaults are not reported
44% are under the age of 18
Every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted
38% of rapists are a friend or an acquaintance
* Community Crisis Center 
What to do if you suspect a friend or co-worker is being abusive at home: 
• Do express empathy for difficulties experienced by this person
• Do advise the abuser to stop the violence; just like you would advise someone not to drive drunk
• Do maintain that there is no excuse for violence
• Do remind the person that only he/she controls his/her behavior. No one can make him/her be abusive or lose control.
• Do say, "I'm concerned. It's clear that you feel a lot of anger and tension over this. What can we do to make sure nobody gets hurt"?
• Do refer the individual to a perpetrators intervention and counseling program.
• Do provide the individual with referral information to the Employee Assistance Program if he/she is a co-worker
• Do make an effort to stay in touch with this person. The perpetrator maybe as isolated as the victim. Be persistent and realize you may have to take the initiative.
• Do not blame the victim
• Do not be taken in by excuses
• Do not assume the victim is safe if he/she says it won't happen again, even if the person who has been abusive is remorseful
• Do not try to physically intervene. Rather, call the police
• Do not feel guilty about calling the police. You might be saving someone's life
* Community Crisis Center

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Crisis Hotline
The Crisis Hotline is a 24 hour Crisis Intervention Hotline staffed by professional counselors. Everything you say will be kept confidential. You may remain anonymous if you wish.
Call the Crisis Hotline anytime day or night to talk to a counselor.
Andrea's Story
~ Women's Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh
A first person account of Domestic Violence.
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Reduce Your Risk of
Sexual Assault
Click "read more" to learn simple ways to protect you or your child from sexual Assault.
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»Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) & Resources


Child Sexual Abuse by the Numbers
~ My Voice My Right
It can be very difficult to talk about sexual abuse and even more difficult to acknowledge that sexual abuse of children of all ages including infants happens every day.
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