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ADV & SAS
A Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Service
We listen. We believe.
A Look at "Her"- Story:
ADV & SAS was founded by two Streator women, who realized there were many women living in dangerous situations in their own homes with no safe place to go. These two women opened their doors, their hearts and their pocketbooks to help those women in need. They also asked friends and family members for support and help in finding safe places for the victims of domestic violence to stay until their abuser had cooled down and it was safe for them to return home. First Step was the name of this fledgling operation. There were no public funds available to work with domestic violence issues that first year.
In the late 1970's, the phrase "domestic violence" was only rarely used, if at all, and violence in the home was still considered a private or family matter. There were no intervention plans or prevention classes. If the police were called, they instructed the wife not to make him angry and urged the man to take a walk or stay at a relative's home overnight until they calmed down.
In 1979, First Step applied for funds from the LaSalle County 708 Board and were granted funding. The 708 Board was instrumental in purchasing LaSalle County's first domestic violence shelter. At this time, the agency took the name Against Domestic Violence (ADV).
The shelter was cramped and over-crowded, but women and children still came seeking a safe place to stay. There was little staff training. There were no established guidelines, protocols or procedures. Streator, IL was on the leading edge of a national grassroots movement and one of the earliest shelters established in Illinois.
In 1987, the first legal advocate was hired. With this addition, the agency was able to increase the amount of services to victims who chose to access the civil legal system for an order of protection.
In 1994, ADV expanded services to include support for survivors of sexual assault. Until that time, there had been no services for adult survivors of sexual assualt in LaSalle or Livingston counties. The only services that were available at that time were to children who were victimized by family members/caregivers. With the addition of sexual assault services, ADV became ADV & SAS, A Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Service. Prevention Education programs were also started in area school districts at this time.
ADV & SAS determined that to best meet the needs of those we serve, outreach offices were needed. There was a need for services that were accessible to those throughout our service area. As there is no public transportation in LaSalle or Livingston County, ADV & SAS opened outreach offices in Pontiac, Ottawa, and Streator.
Safe Homes Means Safe Families (7/1/10 - 6/30/11)
ADV & SAS has helped over 10,000 families dealing with the effects of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.