Our Mission and History:

Between Friends is a nonprofit agency dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and building a community free of abuse.

In 1986, Between Friends was founded by volunteers from the National Council of Jewish Women and the Junior League of Evanston/North Shore as a small grant making body dedicated to raising funds for local domestic violence programs. The clear disparity between the growing numbers of domestic violence victims needing help and the limited programs available to assist them prompted Friends to expand its effort in 1991 to include direct crisis intervention services for individuals and families.

Today, Between Friends' comprehensive programs and services include a toll-free Crisis Line (800-603-HELP), counseling for victims and their children, court advocacy, and prevention and education efforts, including healthcare education and our extensive teen dating violence prevention program, REACH (Relationship Education: A Choice for Hope). Each year, we work with thousands of individuals through these programs, all offered free of charge. Friends' offices are located in Rogers Park, on Chicago's north side.

Our Philosophy:

Between Friends provides a safe, violence-free, supportive, self-help environment for individuals and families in crisis. Between Friends' counselors empower individuals to make their own decisions and choices, rather than making choices for them. Between Friends helps victims and children to recognize that their experience is shared and that the problem of domestic violence is social and political.

Between Friends recognizes that sexism is a root cause of domestic violence, and as such, women are disproportionately the targets of this form of oppression. We also acknowledge that domestic violence is intrinsically linked to all systemic forms of violence, including heterosexism, cissexism, classism, racism, ageism, ableism, and sizism. Domestic violence affects everyone and our programs support all persons, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, marital status, national origin, language capacity, or ability.

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Our Vision:

We envision a community without domestic violence where equality, safety, and justice exist for all.

Between Friends' Newest Program Addition

It is with great excitement that we announce the expansion of our services to clients and families with the strategic acquisition of A Night Out, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing adult victims with safe and healthy social experiences. Since 2013, A Night Out has served 800 survivors of domestic violence (while providing childcare) by hosting 60 program events including self-care spa nights, concerts and theater performances.

This expansion is an enormous benefit to both organizations, and most importantly, to the clients we serve. Survivors of domestic violence often experience isolation. These experiences allow them the opportunity to rebuild a sense of community in a safe environment with support, understanding, and fun.

800-603-HELP(4357) Crisis Hotline
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