It's something that must be done and cannot be done alone
It's something that must be doneand cannot be done alone

A Safe Place

A Safe Place is the sole provider of services exclusively addressing domestic violence in Lake County, Illinois. Through multi-faceted programs we assist victims in transforming their lives after domestic violence, prevent future abuse by addressing its root cause through abuser intervention programs, and educate the community about domestic violence and how we can all be involved in its end.


It is our goal that by learning more about domestic violence, its causes, and appropriate responses, we can encourage a whole-community response to the domestic violence in our midst, breaking the cycle of domestic violence, thus creating safe and healthy communities.





Foundations of Domestic Violence (2 hrs.)

  • Definition of Domestic Violence
  • Historical and Feminist Perspectives
  • Societal and Institutional Issues
  • Myths and Realities

Dynamics (5 hrs.)

  • Statistics and Domestic Violence
  • Cycle of Violence
  • Power and Control Wheel/Types of Abuse
  • Barriers or Challenges to Leaving an Abuser
  • Identifying Victims/Survivors

Direct Services Issues (5 hrs.)

  • Counseling DV victims/survivors
  • Defining Advocacy
  • Basis Crisis Intervention Skills
  • Documentation of Client Files - Files - Victim's Survivor's Rights

Safety and Assessment (2.5 hrs.)

  • Safety Planning
  • Lethality Assessment
  • Suicide Assessment: Warning Signs, Intervention Strategies

Abuser Profile (1 hr.)

  • Overview of Abusers
  • Overview of Abuser Program Services

Children's Issues (3 hrs.)

  • Effects of Domestic Violence on Child
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • DCFS Issues
  • Safety planning
  • Working with Children

Teen Dating Violence (1 hr.)

  • Dynamics
  • Legal Aspects
  • Safety Planning for Teen-Dating Violence

Cultural Competency (3 hrs.)

  • Anti-Racism
  • Religion

Working with Battered Women with Complex Issues (6 hrs.)

  • Older Battered Women
  • Elder Abuse and Neglect Act
  • Rural Women
  • Immigrant Battered Women
  • People with Unique Challenges
  • Mental Health Issues
  • DV in LGBT relationships and Homophobia
  • Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases Including HIV and AIDS
  • Prostitution/Trafficking

Legal Issues and Domestic Violence (4 hrs.)

  • IDVA Act
  • Criminal or Civil Court/Orders of Protection
  • Criminal Offenses: Assault, Domestic Battery, Violation of Order of Protection, Stalking
  • Conditions of Bond
  • Full Faith and Credit
  • VAWA-Immigration Issues
  • Prohibitions Against Firearm Possession

Human Trafficking (2 hrs.)

  • Prevention Education
  • Direct Service Approach
  • Community Collaboration

Miscellaneous (.5 hrs.)

  • Certification Code of Ethics
  • Referrals to and Working with other Agencies/Systems



Contact Information:

Pat Davenport,

CEO - Executive Director

A Safe Place Place

2710 17th Street, Ste 100

Zion, IL 60099

Phone: 847-731-7165 Ext. 105

Fax: 847-731-7528

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"It's something that must be done, and cannot be done alone."

The Partnership for a Safer Lake County is supported by Lake County Community Foundation.

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