Introducing Ascend Justice

Effective July 1, 2019, the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (DVLC) and the Family Defense Center (FDC) combined.

We now have a new story and new name: Ascend Justice.

Ascend Justice provides holistic legal advocacy and systemic reform, with a focus on gender-based violence and the child welfare system. Through our advocacy, we empower individuals and families and help them feel hopeful, confident, and joyful about their futures.

We are continuing to work every day to meet the needs of individuals and families impacted by gender-based violence or the child welfare system, and we will use our clients’ experiences to drive much-needed systems change.

Thank you to supporters of our merger, including Efroymson Family Fund, Lawyers Trust Fund, Polk Bros. Foundation, Forefront, and Illinois Bar Foundation.

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if you are in immediate danger


24/7 Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline


(877) 863-6338

Orders of Protection

Ascend Justice Remote OP Hotline:
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm