SHALVA offers a safe place for women to gain insight, explore options and break free of their isolation. Counseling is available to all women over age 18 in the Chicago metropolitan area who self-identify as Jewish and who are currently or have been victims of domestic abuse by their spouse or intimate partner.

All counseling services are free and confidential. SHALVA’s masters’ level therapists provide education, guidance and support so that women can make informed decisions about how to reclaim their lives. SHALVA provides the following services to the Jewish community:

  • 24/7 help/crisis line – 773-583-HOPE(4673)
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Legal information and support
  • Financial assistance and interest-free loans
  • Case management
  • Information and referrals
  • Rabbinic and community training and education

We believe that a woman is an expert in her own life and respect her right to go at her own pace. Making a decision of what to do is not an event, but a process.

Make the Call

  • All calls are answered by a trained domestic violence specialist
  • An intake is done in order to be sure we can best meet your needs
  • You have the option of anonymity; all information you give is confidential
  • A one-hour appointment will be made with a therapist for an assessment
  • All services are free and there are no wait lists

Your First Appointment

  • For safety purposes our office location is unlisted
  • Meet with a SHALVA therapist in a safe and confidential setting
  • Continue an assessment of your situation and needs
  • Assess safety and create a safety plan, if needed
  • Receive educational materials and information about other available resources
  • Set short and long term goals

Therapy Sessions

  • Culturally-sensitive approach to domestic abuse that addresses unique religious and cultural needs
  • Education, guidance and support for as long as needed
  • Validation and empowerment
  • Skills and strategies to help you navigate your situation
  • Exploration of the past, present and future