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Between Friends

2301 W. Howard Chicago, 60645

Please share your mission. 

Between Friends is dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and building a community free of abuse by providing a safe and supportive environment for individuals and families in crisis.

Describe how your organization lives/realizes its mission. 

Between Friends recognizes domestic violence as a community issue. 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 recognizes that sexism is a root cause of domestic violence, and as such, women are disproportionately the targets of this form of oppression. The organization also acknowledges 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. Similar to domestic violence, teen dating violence is a repeated pattern of mental, physical, emotional, sexual, or economic abuse where one dating partner makes the other partner feel scared, weak, isolated, hurt, or sad. . 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 provides services that will assist young adults struggling with teen dating violence. The programs also help young adults identify and avoid problematic and unhealthy behavior.