Connections for Abused Women and their Children

Connections for Abused Women and their Children Rebuilding Lives, Renewing Hope. In 1976, a group of community members banned together to address the issue of domestic violence in Chicago. This task force ultimately became CAWC, the oldest domestic violence program in Chicago's history.

A year later, CAWC established Chicago's first domestic violence hotline. In 1979, we opened the first shelter for battered women and their children. Soon after, we began offering outreach services at Humboldt Park, Stroger Hospital, and Haymarket Center. Today, CAWC continues our commitment to address & prevent domestic violence in the city of Chicago. By providing life-saving support, education, and advocacy, we renew hope for the women and children who need it most.

A year later, CAWC established Chicago's first domestic violence hotline. In 1979, we opened the first shelter for battered women and their children. Soon after, we began offering outreach services at Humboldt Park, Stroger Hospital, and Haymarket Center. Today, CAWC continues our commitment to address & prevent domestic violence in the city of Chicago. By providing life-saving support, education, and advocacy, we renew hope for the women and children who need it most.

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STARTS IN 2 HOURS: Tune in to ABC 7 Chicago for a virtual Town Hall Panel TODAY, Thursday, October 28th at 2pm. In hopes...
10/28/2021

STARTS IN 2 HOURS: Tune in to ABC 7 Chicago for a virtual Town Hall Panel TODAY, Thursday, October 28th at 2pm. In hopes of raising awareness, this event will feature discussion by experts and clinicians dedicating services to the Domestic Violence field, including CAWC's own Executive Director, Stephanie Love-Patterson!

You can watch live, or if you can't make it this Thursday at 2pm, watch a recording of the panel at this link: http://ow.ly/FNLH50GyOsp

STARTS IN 2 HOURS: Tune in to ABC 7 Chicago for a virtual Town Hall Panel TODAY, Thursday, October 28th at 2pm. In hopes of raising awareness, this event will feature discussion by experts and clinicians dedicating services to the Domestic Violence field, including CAWC's own Executive Director, Stephanie Love-Patterson!

You can watch live, or if you can't make it this Thursday at 2pm, watch a recording of the panel at this link: http://ow.ly/FNLH50GyOsp

Our Kitchen Table Conversation event is now live! #KitchenTableConversation #AskAnExpert #DomesticViolenceAwareness
10/27/2021

Our Kitchen Table Conversation event is now live! #KitchenTableConversation #AskAnExpert #DomesticViolenceAwareness

Our Kitchen Table Conversation event is now live! #KitchenTableConversation #AskAnExpert #DomesticViolenceAwareness

10/27/2021

RIGHT NOW is your LAST CHANCE to register for our Kitchen Table Conversation event, TODAY at 1pm!! Register at this link, or the link in our bio! www.cawc.org/conversation

UPCOMING EVENT: Tune in to ABC 7 Chicago for a virtual Town Hall Panel on Thursday, October 28th. In hopes of raising aw...
10/26/2021

UPCOMING EVENT: Tune in to ABC 7 Chicago for a virtual Town Hall Panel on Thursday, October 28th. In hopes of raising awareness, this event will feature discussion by experts in the Domestic Violence field, including CAWC's own Executive Director, Stephanie Love-Patterson!

You can watch live, or if you can't make it this Thursday at 2pm, watch a recording of the panel at this link: http://ow.ly/FNLH50GyOsp

UPCOMING EVENT: Tune in to ABC 7 Chicago for a virtual Town Hall Panel on Thursday, October 28th. In hopes of raising awareness, this event will feature discussion by experts in the Domestic Violence field, including CAWC's own Executive Director, Stephanie Love-Patterson!

You can watch live, or if you can't make it this Thursday at 2pm, watch a recording of the panel at this link: http://ow.ly/FNLH50GyOsp

Over the past year, CAWC's monthly giving program, newly named the Kitchen Table Collective, has grown from a handful of...
10/26/2021

Over the past year, CAWC's monthly giving program, newly named the Kitchen Table Collective, has grown from a handful of donors to a robust stream of revenue for the domestic violence services we provide. A monthly gift means a steady source of income that allows us to plan and provide care, resources, and protection for domestic violence survivors for weeks, months, and even years to come!

Join our Kitchen Table Collective to help fund our everyday services and make a lasting impact on our mission. #KitchenTableCollective #Donate #DVAM #DomesticViolenceAwareness

cawc.org/donate-monthly/

Over the past year, CAWC's monthly giving program, newly named the Kitchen Table Collective, has grown from a handful of donors to a robust stream of revenue for the domestic violence services we provide. A monthly gift means a steady source of income that allows us to plan and provide care, resources, and protection for domestic violence survivors for weeks, months, and even years to come!

Join our Kitchen Table Collective to help fund our everyday services and make a lasting impact on our mission. #KitchenTableCollective #Donate #DVAM #DomesticViolenceAwareness

cawc.org/donate-monthly/

CAWC is so thankful to @essentialelementschicago and their generous customers for their amazing #AwarenessDay donation o...
10/25/2021

CAWC is so thankful to @essentialelementschicago and their generous customers for their amazing #AwarenessDay donation on Saturday! Our clients will be able to use the blankets to snuggle up and keep warm in this rainy weather!

If you are interested in making a donation of Winter items, such as coats, hats and gloves, and boots to CAWC, email [email protected] to set up a donation drop off.

CAWC is so thankful to @essentialelementschicago and their generous customers for their amazing #AwarenessDay donation on Saturday! Our clients will be able to use the blankets to snuggle up and keep warm in this rainy weather!

If you are interested in making a donation of Winter items, such as coats, hats and gloves, and boots to CAWC, email [email protected] to set up a donation drop off.

Healing is a long journey - and often the hardest obstacle for domestic survivors to overcome is believing that they des...
10/25/2021

Healing is a long journey - and often the hardest obstacle for domestic survivors to overcome is believing that they deserve better and are capable of healing. CAWC is committed to helping survivors find the strength in themselves to heal from their trauma and reclaim their lives. #HealingTakesTime #Believe

Healing is a long journey - and often the hardest obstacle for domestic survivors to overcome is believing that they deserve better and are capable of healing. CAWC is committed to helping survivors find the strength in themselves to heal from their trauma and reclaim their lives. #HealingTakesTime #Believe

On Wednesday, October 22nd, 11th District @chicagopolicedepartment hosted a “We Stand Against Domestic Violence” event a...
10/23/2021

On Wednesday, October 22nd, 11th District @chicagopolicedepartment hosted a “We Stand Against Domestic Violence” event at Garfield Park Field House in which Domestic Violence agencies and affiliated services were able to spread awareness and offer resources to those who attended. CAWC Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Megan Rosado, was there to educate attendees about CAWC, as well as ALSO partner Tara Campbell who spread awareness through Zumba steps!

The event encapsulated with a touching balloon release in honor of victims and survivors of domestic violence. As #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth comes to a close, we are so proud of our community members who support our mission through events like this! #WeStandAgainstDV

On Wednesday, October 20th, the 11th District Chicago Police Department hosted a "We Stand Against Domestic Violence" ev...
10/23/2021

On Wednesday, October 20th, the 11th District Chicago Police Department hosted a "We Stand Against Domestic Violence" event at Garfield Park Field House where Domestic Violence agencies and affiliated services were able to spread awareness and offer resources to those who attended. CAWC Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Megan Rosado, was there to educate attendees about CAWC, as well as ALSO partner Tara Campbell who spread awareness through Zumba steps!

The event encapsulated with a touching balloon release in honor of victims and survivors of domestic violence. As #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth comes to a close, we are so proud of our community members who support our mission through important events like this! #WeStandAgainstDV

CAWC is thrilled to partner once again with Essential Elements-Chicago on their Awareness Day to raise awareness about d...
10/22/2021

CAWC is thrilled to partner once again with Essential Elements-Chicago on their Awareness Day to raise awareness about domestic violence and breast cancer. For Awareness Day, Essential Elements is dedicating a portion of their proceeds to be split between CAWC and Bad Chicks, a Chicago organization in support of women living with breast cancer. Stop by the store this Saturday, October 23rd to shop Essential Elements' stunning collections of clothes, shoes, and accessories, and to see Executive Director @stephanielovepatterson there answering any questions you may have about CAWC and domestic violence. We can't wait to see you!

CAWC is thrilled to partner once again with Essential Elements-Chicago on their Awareness Day to raise awareness about domestic violence and breast cancer. For Awareness Day, Essential Elements is dedicating a portion of their proceeds to be split between CAWC and Bad Chicks, a Chicago organization in support of women living with breast cancer. Stop by the store this Saturday, October 23rd to shop Essential Elements' stunning collections of clothes, shoes, and accessories, and to see Executive Director @stephanielovepatterson there answering any questions you may have about CAWC and domestic violence. We can't wait to see you!

Lead the conversation! Ask our experts all of your questions that you have about domestic violence by commenting on this...
10/22/2021

Lead the conversation! Ask our experts all of your questions that you have about domestic violence by commenting on this post. Whether you are curious about domestic violence services, the mission, or our current challenges, we want to answer your questions - and raise awareness towards the survivor experiences that are so often overlooked.

Register at cawc.org/conversation or at the link in our bio to hear our experts speak on these topics live! #DomesticViolenceAwareness #AskAnExpert #KitchenTableConversation

Lead the conversation! Ask our experts all of your questions that you have about domestic violence by commenting on this post. Whether you are curious about domestic violence services, the mission, or our current challenges, we want to answer your questions - and raise awareness towards the survivor experiences that are so often overlooked.

Register at cawc.org/conversation or at the link in our bio to hear our experts speak on these topics live! #DomesticViolenceAwareness #AskAnExpert #KitchenTableConversation

#WeWearPurpleBecause it is our mission to advocate and support survivors of domestic violence every day. Check out CAWC ...
10/21/2021

#WeWearPurpleBecause it is our mission to advocate and support survivors of domestic violence every day. Check out CAWC staff members who showed their support today by wearing purple for #PurpleThursday!

Tag us in your posts to raise awareness!

#WeWearPurpleBecause it is our mission to advocate and support survivors of domestic violence every day. Check out CAWC ...
10/21/2021

#WeWearPurpleBecause it is our mission to advocate and support survivors of domestic violence every day. Check out CAWC staff members who showed their support today by wearing purple for #PurpleThursday!

Tag us in your posts to raise awareness. #EndDomesticViolence

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (#FVPSA) is crucial to ensuring domestic violence agencies have the abil...
10/20/2021

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (#FVPSA) is crucial to ensuring domestic violence agencies have the ability to provide shelter, counseling, legal assistance, and other services to survivors of abuse - and these programs may be expanded. Congress is voting on the FVPSA Improvement bill, which would increase funding and services to underserved communities.

To learn more, visit https://nnedv.org/resources-library/family-violence-prevention-services-act-fvpsa-factsheet/

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (#FVPSA) is crucial to ensuring domestic violence agencies have the ability to provide shelter, counseling, legal assistance, and other services to survivors of abuse - and these programs may be expanded. Congress is voting on the FVPSA Improvement bill, which would increase funding and services to underserved communities.

To learn more, visit https://nnedv.org/resources-library/family-violence-prevention-services-act-fvpsa-factsheet/

Tomorrow, October 21, is Purple Thursday! This national day of action during Domestic Violence Awareness Month calls for...
10/20/2021

Tomorrow, October 21, is Purple Thursday! This national day of action during Domestic Violence Awareness Month calls for advocates and survivors to wear purple in order to raise awareness about domestic violence.

Join us tomorrow in wearing purple and using this opportunity to speak out about domestic violence! #PurpleThursday #EndDomesticViolence #CAWC

Tomorrow, October 21, is Purple Thursday! This national day of action during Domestic Violence Awareness Month calls for advocates and survivors to wear purple in order to raise awareness about domestic violence.

Join us tomorrow in wearing purple and using this opportunity to speak out about domestic violence! #PurpleThursday #EndDomesticViolence #CAWC

10/19/2021

Thank you to John Carruthers and his colleagues at Crust Fund Pizza for their generous support of CAWC! Giving back has never tasted so good - Crust Fund Pizza is a pop up pizza shop that tours around Chicago in which proceeds go to various charitable organizations. We are filled with pride to have their support! #CrustFundPizza #DeliciouslyDonating

Check out Crust Fund Pizza at nachosandlager.com to find out how you can order a pizza from them!

CAWC was founded on meetings and conversations hosted at kitchen tables, where all concerned community members gathered ...
10/19/2021

CAWC was founded on meetings and conversations hosted at kitchen tables, where all concerned community members gathered to spread awareness on the growing problem of domestic violence. For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are honoring our history by hosting a Kitchen Table Conversation event Wednesday, October 27th at 1pm CT where experts in our field can speak on current issues, and answer YOUR questions!

Featuring Lynn Rosenthal, consultant on domestic violence, CAWC Executive Director Stephanie Love-Patterson, and moderator Natalie Martinez from NBC 5 Chicago, we are proud to continue raising awareness for those who are too afraid to reach out. Help us create a world without domestic violence by registering for this event here: https://www.cawc.org/conversation/ #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth #AskAnExpert #KitchenTable Conversation

CAWC was founded on meetings and conversations hosted at kitchen tables, where all concerned community members gathered ...
10/19/2021

CAWC was founded on meetings and conversations hosted at kitchen tables, where all concerned community members gathered to spread awareness on the growing problem of domestic violence. For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are honoring our history by hosting a Kitchen Table Conversation event Wednesday, October 27th at 1pm CT where experts in our field can speak on current issues, and answer YOUR questions!

Featuring Lynn Rosenthal, consultant on domestic violence, CAWC Executive Director Stephanie Love-Patterson, and moderator Natalie Martinez from NBC 5 Chicago, we are proud to continue raising awareness for those who are too afraid to reach out. Help us create a world without domestic violence by registering for this event at the link in our bio! #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth #AskAnExpert #KitchenTableConversation

10/19/2021
commonimpact.org

Thank you, Common Impact and The Allstate Foundation, for your generous support and recognition of our services and many other organizations in ending domestic violence! All of our efforts are powered by your support. #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth #ThankYou #YoureTheChange

In August, CAWC honored Greenhouse Shelter Director Beatris Burgos with the Champion Award. We're not the only ones insp...
10/19/2021
In August, CAWC honored Greenhouse Shelter Director Beatris Burgos with the Champion Award. We're not the only ones inspired by Bea - check out what other leaders in the domestic violence field have to say about one of the most welcoming and committed advocates in Chicago. #ChampionAward #EndDomesticViolence

In August, CAWC honored Greenhouse Shelter Director Beatris Burgos with the Champion Award. We're not the only ones inspired by Bea - check out what other leaders in the domestic violence field have to say about one of the most welcoming and committed advocates in Chicago. #ChampionAward #EndDomesticViolence

CAWC's Administrative Offices are going to be shut down starting Friday October 15th, and will return to regular busines...
10/14/2021

CAWC's Administrative Offices are going to be shut down starting Friday October 15th, and will return to regular business hours on Tuesday, October 19th.

If you need immediate assistance, call the domestic violence hotline at (773)278-4566. For non-urgent assistance, please email [email protected] and we will respond when we return.

CAWC's Administrative Offices are going to be shut down starting Friday October 15th, and will return to regular business hours on Tuesday, October 19th.

If you need immediate assistance, call the domestic violence hotline at (773)278-4566. For non-urgent assistance, please email [email protected] and we will respond when we return.

Meet our staff! Shajuanta Johnson is a Domestic Violence Counselor and Advocate at Greenhouse Shelter.  Her favorite par...
10/14/2021

Meet our staff! Shajuanta Johnson is a Domestic Violence Counselor and Advocate at Greenhouse Shelter. Her favorite part of the work that she does is helping our residents set and accomplish their goals toward healing and recovery. One way that Shajuanta heals during her time alone is by reflecting on her life's progress in her journal. About one of her goals, she says "I also dibble dabble with yoga - I hope to be a professional yogini one day."

Thank you, Shajuanta, for all of the amazing work that you do for CAWC and our clients. Your dedication is contagious - good luck becoming a professional yogini!

Meet our staff! Shajuanta Johnson is a Domestic Violence Counselor and Advocate at Greenhouse Shelter. Her favorite part of the work that she does is helping our residents set and accomplish their goals toward healing and recovery. One way that Shajuanta heals during her time alone is by reflecting on her life's progress in her journal. About one of her goals, she says "I also dibble dabble with yoga - I hope to be a professional yogini one day."

Thank you, Shajuanta, for all of the amazing work that you do for CAWC and our clients. Your dedication is contagious - good luck becoming a professional yogini!

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Hello, the Bald Eagles & Canadian Geese 24-hour video game stream benefitting CAWC.org was a huge success! We just donated $1,000! I'll be doing more events like this in the future. Thank you for letting me support your organization, and thank you for the important work that you do... especially in these difficult times.
Tomorrow night at 6pm, I'll be streaming on Twitch live for 24 hours with all donations and proceeds going to cawc.org as part of a small consortium of charitable gamers known as the Bald Eagles and Canadian Geese. (I'm one of the bald eagles. :)) Please spread the word. I'll be playing Fortnite, Rocket League, and other games on the stream, inviting viewers to play with me, offering giveaways in return for donations, and doing everything possible to help cawc.org through my stream. My Twitch channel is twitch.tv/dantebenuto. I will be accepting donations via PayPal so I can keep a shareable log, for transparency. Also, if you shop on Amazon Smile, it's very easy to make Connections for Abused Women and their Children your chosen organization to support when making purchases. Just go to your Amazon Smile page, click the menu button at the upper left, scroll all the way down and click "Your AmazonSmile", click "Change Charity" in the upper right, then search for the organization by name (not website address). Thank you, my mission is to drive awareness and generate donations and support. I hope this finds you well.
Hello My Name is Cory Matthews I am a Recovery Coach at Gateway Foundation, a prior client of mine who completed the program successfully is in a dire situation. This 18 yr woman completed our program & went back home to Decatur to where she suffered domestic violence. At this moment, she is at the Salvation Amry sleeping in a tent. She has Been Homeless since she was 16yrs old. What I am hoping is that I can find a place that can help Young Lady develop into the Great Human being I know she can be. Thank You for your time. Please if possible, I can be reached at [email protected] 0r at 773-786-8631 Her contact information is: Athena Simmers 773-812-4594 [email protected]
I was a very early board member - this is a pioneering, creative, brave and smart organization, which richly deserves our support!!
Missing Women & Children and Missing Kierra [email protected] Rudy Lozano Public Libray Friday -April [email protected]:30 Pm - 4:30 Pm Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Prevention speakers.you can give a Speech about your business.Highlighing Kierra Coles, Missing 6 Months -Guest Speaker- Father Joseph Coles. you can set up a Table, and give out Information & Resources,Pamphlets and touch base with the Community, and let them know your Office cares. this is free of chage and a free event. 773-746-1819 Mr.IVEY you can send this Flyer out to your People,thank you
Happy 40th Greenhouse Shelter!
Good Morning! Happy Wednesday! My name is Felicia and I'm inquiring about your next 40 hour Domestic Violence training and the cost of the training. I'm an Early Childhood Teacher and a member of the 15th District's Domestic Violence Subcommittee. Thanking you in advance for any help! Have a wonderful day!
REACH OUT To the father of his father's father... for it's he who taught his son.... that when...in life...words weren't enough... his fists could overcome... his feelings of insecurity... the anger and rage inside... the notion that somehow force... could protect his childish pride. Through all the years...of anguish and tears... round and round the carousel... again he passed his legacy of pain... his inheritance of hell... to another generation... of men who will never be men... because as he has done to his son... so his son will do again. Animals act on instinct... but only the lowest ones... abuse the family around them... the time has finally come... to show these pathetic creatures... for the cowards they really are... today...gathered here together... we are just the tiniest part... of the huge and growing movement... that is demanding an immediate end... to the tolerance of any abuse... by these animals who think they are men. Fear has kept this lady... from leaving and living her life... isolation has insured him... that she would remain his wife. Love for her innocent children... has forced her to quietly endure... the pain both mental and physical... hoping someday she might find a cure... for whatever it was that changed... the man she loved back when... to the monster who now holds her captive... as he loves her then hits her again. She need but look around... at the army that is gathering before her... to see the power she has gained... through the millions of those who support her. Now she will never be alone... if she should decide to go... now there's a legion of friends... who will help her because they know... just exactly what she is feeling... because they've been there themselves... they've known the terror and uncertainty... the fear of asking for help. So here we are today... to offer another solution... we can change the way it is... to how it will be in the future. United we can tell the father... and the father's father before him... it’s his turn to be afraid... because now the laws won't ignore him. This crime will never again... be called just a family matter... next time he raises his fist... to slap, beat...or batter... the lady he promised to love... the love he promised to protect... we promise this lady today... we will never again reject... her pleas for understanding... her fear of leaving her home... her fear of losing her children... her feelings of being alone. All of us here today vow to stand beside you... if you decide to leave... we’ll be there to guide you. All of us here today... vow to change the laws... that have always up till now... ignored the problem because... up till now we've been hiding... like the ostrich with his head in the sand up till now...pretending... we didn't know...so we couldn't understand. But finally...it's out in the open... it's time for the cowards to run there's an army of angry people... and the battle has just begun. How dare you beat the ones who love you... just because you can... from now on...we promise you this... each time you raise your hand... you will hear such a cry... such a blood curdling scream... from the millions of people all over the world... who have lived that horrible dream. You’ll never again be allowed... to think that you have the right... to raise your fist to anyone... because of some stupid fight. It's a shame it took so much pain... to finally see the way... maybe...at last....it’s coming to an end... as all of us join here today... to promise each and every woman... with bruises and broken bones... reach out...and we will be there... and you will never, ever...again be alone. co 1999 james bruce joseph sievers