Our counseling services are confidential and include: Illinois law allows minors to receive up to five 45-minute counseling sessions on their own.
For additional counseling, parental consent is required.
For more information about our counseling services, please call 773.274.5232 x 12.
An Order of Protection is a court order, issued by a judge, which prohibits your dating partner from abusing, harassing or stalking you.Though minors have the same rights to obtain an OP as adults, minors must have an adult 18 years or older petition on their behalf, unless they have been legally emancipated.The petitioning adult does not have to be the minor’s legal guardian.Similar to domestic violence, teen dating violence is a repeated pattern of mental, physical, emotional, sexual, or economic abuse where one dating partner makes the other partner feel scared, weak, isolated, hurt, or sad.However, young adults in abusive relationships face unique barriers to getting the help they need, including: Since 1995, Between Friends has been implementing its teen dating violence prevention program Relationship Education: A Choice for Hope (REACH).
REACH works with schools and youth organizations throughout Chicago to educate middle and high school-aged teens about dating violence, how to prevent it, and where to go for help.In fact, the state of Illinois recently passed a law (HB3379) mandating that public schools must provide teen dating violence prevention programs for students in 7th through 12th grades.Education and prevention programs are in more demand than ever as lawmakers, schools, domestic violence agencies, youth, and adults alike recognize that we can stop domestic violence before it starts.For more detailed information about our prevention and education programs for students, please click here.Between Friends’ Counseling Program helps individuals deal with the traumatic effects of living in an abusive relationship or to heal from past abusive relationships.Counselors encourage survivors to explore their options and make their own decisions in order to build a safe future.