Research Information
Network on Women and Girls in Illinois

Violence and Safety

Research on the pervasiveness of violence in the lives of women has become more evident in recent years. In this section we offer information on women's experiences with sexual assault, domestic violence, and other forms of violence. Further, we link this section to organizations that work with and for women survivors of violence in order that future violence be prevented and that survivors receive the services and support they need.



Contents

Crime
Domestic Violence (Includes spousal, elder, and child abuse)
Domestic Violence and Welfare Receipt
Sexual Assault
Stalking
Self-Defense
Women Offenders
Girls in the Juvenile Justice System
Policy
Organizations for General Information



Crime

State of Illinois/ County/ City

Illinois State Police: Crime in Illinois
http://www.state.il.us/isp/cii00001.htm
The Illinois State Police website provides crime statistics for the state of Illinois as well as Illinois counties, including online information and downloadable .dbf datafiles, from 1994-present.

Illinois/ Counties

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority: Profiles of Illinois Counties
http://www.acsp.uic.edu/~icjia/rande/alpha.htm
Criminal justice profile reports are currently available for Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will and Lake Counties from the ICJIA project at the University of Illinois--Chicago.

Chicago

Chicago Digital City: Crime by Neighborhood
http://www.chicago.digitalcity.com/community/crime/crime.htm
This website by the Chicago Tribune provides statistics about crimes within Chicago neighborhoods, including domestic violence.

Community Policing: Chicago Monthly Crime Statistics
http://www.ci.chi.il.us/CommunityPolicing/CrimeStats/
Monthly crime statistics for each of Chicago's police districts, from the Chicago Police Research and Development Division.

Know Your District, Know Your Beat
http://www.ci.chi.il.us/CommunityPolicing/html/Organization.html
Guide to locating Chicago police districts and beats via online maps and neighborhood listings, provided by the Chicago Police Research and Development Division.

United States

Crime & Justice Electronic Data Abstracts
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/dtdata.htm
Downloadable crime data in spreadsheet format from the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, broken down by topic and also by jurisdiction (city, county, state and national.)

Criminal Justice Datasets
http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/cgi/subject.prl?path=NACJD&format=pl&query=CXIII
Abstracts and datasets available for download from the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data.

Sex Differences in Violent Victimization, 1994
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/pub/ascii/sdvv.txt
Report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics discussing differences in victimization patterns by gender.

Domestic Violence

State of Illinois/ County/ City

Cook County State Attorney's Office: Domestic Violence Information
http://www.statesattorney.org/aweb/dv.htm
This website by the Cook County State Attorney's office provides information about domestic violence and links for legal assistance, shelters and assisting agencies, and a safety plan for domestic violence victims.

Cook County State Attorney's Office: Domestic Violence Legal Process
http://www.statesattorney.org/aweb/vicdom.htm
The domestic violence legal process is explained in a brief summary in this website by Cook County State Attorney's office.

United States

Abuse and Women With Disabilities by Margaret A. Nosek, Ph.D.
and Carol A. Howland, M.P.H.
http://www.vaw.umn.edu/Vawnet/disab.htm
February 1998 research report hosted by VAWnet at the University of Minneosta, a project of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.

Domestic and Family Violence: National Criminal Justice Reference Service
http://www.ncjrs.org/victdv.htm
This site by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service provides online reports and statistics regarding domestic and family violence in both text and Adobe Acrobat .PDF format.

Domestic Violence Awareness Manual
http://www.usdoj.gov/vawo/domestic.htm
This manual on domestic violence by the Violence Against Women Office of the U.S. Department of Justice provides information and guidelines for recognizing and handling domestic violence situations.

The Family Violence Prevention Fund
http://www.igc.org/fund/
A national non-profit organization that focuses on domestic violence education, prevention and public policy reform. Compiles an up-to-date general fact sheet on domestic violence and regularly commissions public opinion studies. Also onducts studies and compiles statistics on critical issues related to domestic violence in the healthcare, criminal justice, children's, military and workplace arenas. An award-winning Web site.

Violence Between Intimates
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/vbi.htm
National statistical summary from the U.S. Department of Justice on domestic violence, date rape, and acquaintance rape. The findings show that females experienced more than 10 times as many incidents of violence committed by an intimate as did males. Information is available in Adobe Acrobat and ASCII text.

Who Are the Victims?
http://www.usdoj.gov/vawo/manual/who.htm
Summary statistics on victims of violence and sexual assault by the Violence Against Women Office of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Domestic Violence and Welfare Receipt

State of Illinois/ County/ City

Domestic Violence and Welfare Receipt
Reports from the Taylor Institute in Chicago
Telephone: (312) 342-5510

To order publications, fax request to Jody Raphael at FAX: (773) 342-4532.

United States

Domestic Violence and Welfare Receipt
http://www.iwpr.org/WRNN4.HTM#dvresources
Institute for Women's Policy Research maintains this site.

Poverty, Welfare and Battered Women: What Does the Research Tell Us? by Eleanor Lyon, Ph.D.
http://www.vaw.umn.edu/Vawnet/welfare.htm
Research report from the Minnesota Center Against Violence & Abuse at the University of Minnesota, a cooperative project with the Violence Against Women's Grants Office, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

Sexual Assault

State of Illinois/ County/ City

1997 Victims Assistance Grant Program, Illinois State Wide Assistance Report
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/fund/sbsmap/ovcpfil1.htm
This report from the U.S. Department of Justice website on funding and services provided under the Illinois Crime Victims Compensation Act includes statistics on victims and victimization in Illinois, as well as victim assistance programs.

United States

Violence Against Women: Estimates from the Redesigned National Crime Victimization Survey, 8/16/95 http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/femvied.htm
Statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice website, based on the 1995 National Crime Victimization Survey. Information is available in both Adobe Acrobat and ASCII text.

National statistics, Child Rape Victims, 1992
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/crv92.htm
U.S. Department of Justice summary of statistics from 1992 data gathered from 15 states on child sexual assault victims. Information is available in Adobe Acrobat and ASCII text.

Stalking

State of Illinois/ County/ City

Cook County State Attorney's Office: Guide to Stalking Law
http://www.statesattorney.org/aweb/dvstalk.htm
This website by the Cook County State Attorney's Office provides information about stalking laws and guidelines for handling stalking situations.

United States

Domestic Violence and Stalking: Second Annual Report to Congress (Adobe Acrobat PDF file)
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/vawgo/stalk.pdf
Downloadable research report from the Violence Against Women Office, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

Self-Defense

State of Illinois/ County/ City

List of Sex Offenders in Suburban Cook County
http://www.cookcountysheriff.org/offender/first.html
The Cook County Sheriff's Police Child Sex Offender Registration Database lists Child Sex Offender information collected from public records, and is provided by the Cook County Sheriff's Department "as a public service for the protection of all children." The offenders list is searchable by name or by city. Note: Information is not available for the city of Chicago.

Women Offenders

State of Illinois/ County/ City

Publications of the State of Illinois
http://www.library.sos.state.il.us/isl/depos/pubsofil.txt
Lists publications of the State of Illinois that have been provided to certain libraries in the State which are designated depository libraries. Copies of these publications are available at these depository libraries or by contacting the Illinois department producing the document.

The vast majority of research information included in these publications are not gender specific. However, the list of documents can be searched for the key word women and female and other keywords to find specific documents of interest that focus on Illinois population. For example, the documents include the following gender specific documents:

CORRECTIONS, DEPARTMENT OF.

United States

Women in Jail, 1989 Statistics
ftp://ncjrs.org/pub/ncjrs/txtfiles/women.txt
National Criminal Justice Reference Service report on women in local custody, 1989.

Women in Prison, March 1994 Report
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/wopris.htm
1994 National Criminal Justice Reference Service report on women prisoners.

Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

State of Illinois/ County/ City

Cook County State Attorney's Office: Guide to the Juvenile Justice Process
http://www.statesattorney.org/aweb/vicjuv.htm
A brief summary of the workings of the Juvenile Courts in Cook County by the Cook County State Attorney's Office.

United States

Juvenile Court Statistics, 1994
ftp://ncjrs.org/pub/ncjrs/txtfiles/delc94.txt
1994 National Criminal Justice Reference Service report with statistical information about juvenile courts and juvenile offenders.

Policy

State of Illinois/ County/ City

Illinois Protocol for Domestic Abuse Batterers Programs
http://comnet.org/bisc/standards/illinois.html
August 1994 report of the Domestic Violence Advisory Council of the Illinois Department of Public Aid.

United States

Congressional Voting Records
http://www.lccr.org/vote
This searchable database allows you to see how Illinois and other congressional representatives and senators vote on selected issues. This site is maintained by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, who also express their views on this site.

Model Protocols on Family Violence for Judges, Law Enforcement and Prosecutors
HTTP://www.athens.net/~rblum/fvcindex.html#protocol
Model professional protocols for professionals dealing with family violence situations, from the Georgia Commission on Family Violence.

State and County Standards on Domestic Violence Education
http://comnet.org/bisc/standards.html
Michigan Comnet's directory of links to online state and county standards for batterer intervention and domestic violence education.

Organizations for General Information

State of Illinois/ County/ City

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
730 East Vine Street, Suite 109
Springfield, Illinios 62703
Phone: 217-789-2830
FAX: 217-789-1939

Victim's Services Domestic Violence Program
P.O. Box 157
McComb, IL 61455
Phone: 309-837-6622
FAX: 309-836-3640

United States

National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE
1-800-787-3224 (TDD number for the hearing impaired)
This 24-hour, toll-free hotline provides crisis assistance and local shelter referrals to callers nationwide.

National Clearinghouse on Marital and Date Rape
2325 Oak Street
Berkeley, CA 94708
Phone: 510-524-1582

National Network to End Domestic Violence
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Suite 900
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-347-9520
FAX: 202-434-7400

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Policy Office
119 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-544-7358
FAX: 202-544-7893

Date Last Updated: 8/13/98


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