Northwest CASA provides the following services free of charge:
- Medical advocacy is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at hospital emergency rooms. Whenever a survivor presents at the hospital for treatment, the hospital calls our hotline and we send an advocate out to sit with the survivor. The advocate offers emotional support, provides information on sexual violence, and gives any necessary referrals.
- Legal advocacy is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week wherever needed. Advocates can support a survivor at the police department, or help a survivor with a case that is currently being prosecuted. Our staff advocate is very knowledgeable about court proceedings and Illinois law.
- Crisis Intervention
- We offer a 24 hour crisis hotline (888)802-8890 that survivors or significant others can call at anytime. Trained volunteers and staff answer the hotline calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- We also offer in person crisis intervention wherever appropriate, such as at our office, at the local schools, and at local residential programs.
- Counseling Services
- Counseling services are available to survivors and significant others of all ages and genders regardless of when the assault or abuse occurred.
- Counseling services are client centered, and are intended to provide emotional support and help clients regain a sense of control over their lives and heal from the pain of sexual violence.
- Counseling services are specialized and include individual, couple, family, group, and art therapy.
- Play therapy is available for our younger clients.
- Qualified specially trained counselors work with each client on an individual basis to fit their needs.
- Clients set their own goals and pace for their counseling services.
- Counselors can also assist clients in accessing other supportive services in order to meet additional needs.
- Prevention and Community Education Programs
- Age appropriate educational programs are available to students from preschool through college to help raise awareness of sexual violence. Programs intend to empower the youth of today.
- Prevention programs are available to community members interested in learning more about sexual violence. Programs are tailored to meet audience needs.
- Professional trainings are available to various service providers and professionals to increase knowledge of sexual violence and raise awareness of community resources.
- Programs include a wide array of topics such as personal body safety, sexual harassment, sexual assault, date rape drugs, and teen dating violence.
- Clothesline Project
- The Clothesline Project is a visual display of t-shirts made by survivors and significant others of violence against women.
- A display of the Clothesline Project bears witness to survivors of violence against women.
- The Clothesline Project helps significant others and survivors of violence with the healing process. Making a t-shirt to add to the Clothesline Project can be very therapeutic.
- The Clothesline Project is displayed at local high schools, colleges, and community events to educate, document, and raise society’s awareness of the extent of the problem of violence against women.
- Most Clothesline Project t-shirts are made by local high school students during educational programs.
Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault (Northwest CASA) agrees that it will comply with state and federal civil rights and non-discrimination laws. Northwest CASA therefore provides opportunities for employment and advancement without regard for age, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from the military service, mental or physical disability.
This policy applies to any aspect of employment including, but not restricted to, recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, demotion, salary administration, transfer, training, compensation, reduction in work force and termination.
This policy prohibits any discrimination, in the delivery of services, on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from military service, mental or physical disability to survivors of sexual violence as well as their significant others. Complaints of discrimination by Northwest CASA staff or volunteers can be sent to the Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.