Domestic Violence Co-Location Program

The Domestic Violence Co-Location Program (DVCLP) is an innovative and collaborative program aimed at meeting the needs of families experiencing both domestic violence and the child welfare system. 

Focused on improving Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) interventions into the lives of families experiencing domestic violence and supported by local and statewide partners and stakeholders, the DVCLP places a Domestic Violence Co-Located Advocate (DVCLA), who is employed by a local partner domestic violence agency, in DCFS field offices in order to work with child welfare workers and to support families experiencing domestic violence. 

The overall goal of the DVCLP is to ensure that child welfare interventions are family-centered, strength-based, trauma-informed, and equity-focused and that the interventions enhance the safety, wellbeing, stability, healing, and accountability for families experiencing domestic violence.

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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