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Safe Journeys

About Safe Journeys

Safe Journeys (formerly ADV & SAS) offers a safe atmosphere for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The organization offers support, resources, and strength as individuals journey toward healing and thriving in LaSalle and Livingston counties.

Safe Journeys:

  • Offers safe shelter for those fleeing domestic violence as well as their dependents. 

  • Supports survivors with medical and legal advocacy.

  • Provides community resources, supportive counseling, and school-based and community-based education programs focused on prevention.

Safe Journeys provides support to survivors, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, abilities, age, or background.

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Streator & Ottawa IL. Offices

Call: 815.673.1555

Support Line: 800.892.3375

Email: info@safejourneysillinois.org

  • Court Advocacy

  • Counseling

  • Case Management

  • Education Programs

Safe Shelter

Safe Journeys offers a safe shelter for those fleeing domestic violence. The emergency, short-term shelter accepts domestic violence victims and their dependents and provides a homelike setting with a communal kitchen, play area, and TV area.

The Legal Definition of Domestic Violence in Illinois

For the purposes of getting an order of protection, domestic violence is defined as any of the following:

  1. Physical abuse - sexual abuse, physical force, confinement, restraint; purposeful, repeated, or unnecessary sleep deprivation; or behavior that creates an immediate risk of physical harm.

  2. Harassment - unnecessary conduct which causes you emotional distress. The law assumes the following to be harassment:

    • creating a disturbance at your work or school;

    • repeatedly telephoning your work or school;

    • repeatedly following you in a public place or places;

    • repeatedly keeping you under surveillance by staying outside of your home, school, work, vehicle or another place you are in or by peering through your windows;

    • threatening physical force, confinement or restraint on one or more occasions; or

    • improperly hiding your child from you or repeatedly threatening to do so, repeatedly threatening to improperly remove your child from your physical care or from the state, or making a single one of these threats following an actual or attempted improper removal or hiding of your child; (Note: There is an exception for someone who is accused of doing this if s/he was fleeing an incident or pattern of domestic violence).

  3. Intimidation of a dependent (someone can be “dependent” on the abuser because of age, health or disability) - this is defined as when the abuser makes you participate in or witness physical force, physical confinement, or restraint against any person regardless of whether that person is a family or household member.

  4. Interference with personal liberty - this is defined as committing or threatening to commit physical abuse, harassment, intimidation, or deprivation, such as not giving you food, medicine, or shelter, with the intention of forcing you to do something you don’t want to do or not allowing you to do something that you have a right to do.

  5. Willful deprivation – this is defined as purposely denying an elderly or disabled person the medication, medical care, shelter, food or other assistance that s/he needs, thereby putting that person at risk of physical, mental or emotional harm.

(WomensLaw.org)

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