Mercer County Family Crisis Center

309-582-7233 (24 Hour Crisis Line)

110 NW 3rd Avenue

Aledo, IL 61231

Legal Advocacy

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Legal advocates provide guidance, emotional support and legal help to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  They help empower victims by rebuilding their confidence and self-esteem, provide information and referrals for available resources including health clinics, mental health services, housing information, legal resources, food and clothing, job interview prep and child care.

Legal advocate services provided:

  • Counseling
  • Listen without judgment
  • Help victim to create a safety plan for self and family
  • Case management
  • Advocacy with medical, court, child welfare and other systems of care.
  • Accompany victim to court, police station and hospital.
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• Intimate partner violence is most common among women between the ages of 18-24.

• 19% of intimate partner violence involves a weapon.