The Institute for Nonviolence Chicago’s Victim Advocates engage victims and their families of shootings and homicides.
Victim advocates support and advocate on victims' behalf, help them access services and support, and manage the anger and grief that can spark retaliation. By promptly supporting vulnerable Chicagoans as they experience tragedy, Victim Advocates establish a basis of trust that can continue beyond the initial incident. These relationships form the basis for victim support networks, and help victims transform their personal pain into a strong anti-violence voice for the community. In case of a homicide this work is done in conjunction with Chicago Survivors. If an individual who is victimized is identified as benefiting from any of Nonviolence Chicago's or other organizations services, a connection is made and the victim advocate supports their efforts to access and benefit from those services. Victims of community violence are dealing with complex issues that victim advocates can assist. They may be experiencing issues related to the injury, medical systems, law enforcement, trauma, pressure and/or desire to retaliate, physical therapy, among many many more. We understands those issues and the impact they can have on someone's life and the threat for more community violence.
For more information about Victim Services, please call Shannon Barr, Manager of Victim Services and Case Management@ (773) 714-7421 or email at ShannonB@nonviolencechicago.org.