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About SHALVA

Mission Statement

SHALVA supports Jewish women experiencing and healing from domestic abuse, through counseling, supportive services, and community education.

Core Belief

Every woman has the right to be safe in her intimate partner relationship.

Guiding Principles

  • SHALVA is rooted in the following Jewish values:

– Peaceful relations in one’s home and family

– Taking action by helping and supporting others in the face of harm

  • SHALVA aims to provide the highest-quality client-centered services in a supportive environment;
  • SHALVA maintains the strictest level of safety and confidentiality;
  • SHALVA serves all clients with the utmost sensitivity to their religious observance and cultural practices;
  • SHALVA helps clients maintain and/or regain their dignity and sense of self;
  • SHALVA believes domestic abuse is a community issue;
  • SHALVA strives to create a culture that is positive, helpful, and respectful to all.

About Us

SHALVA is an Illinois not-for-profit 501(c)3. We are the oldest independent, Jewish domestic abuse agency in the United States and have been instrumental in facilitating national and international dialogues on the specific needs of Jewish families experiencing domestic violence. SHALVA carries out its mission by working to create Shalom Bayit, peace in the home. For 30 years, we have strived to break the cycle of abuse.

SHALVA is the only Jewish agency in the Chicago metropolitan area specifically certified by the State of Illinois to provide domestic violence counseling. All SHALVA therapists are Illinois-Certified Domestic Violence Professionals (ICDVP) with masters’ degrees. SHALVA is sensitive to the unique religious and cultural issues many Jewish families face while also addressing the universal needs all abuse survivors must face.

Each year, SHALVA volunteers and staff educate thousands of individuals about domestic violence in Jewish relationships. SHALVA trains rabbis, police officers, medical professionals, teachers, mental health professionals and community groups in order to increase education and community awareness about domestic abuse, how SHALVA can help and to promote advocacy around the issue of domestic abuse.

SHALVA staff is available to meet with clergy and is part of the Safer Synagogue Program as well as many other collaborative efforts. SHALVA is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association Domestic Relations Committee; Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network; Chicago Says No More; Family Violence & Community Collaboration; Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence; JCARES; North Shore Alliance; North Suburban Service Council and Partnership for a Safer Lake County.