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DEKALB, IL – Those experiencing crisis are now able to text Safe Passage, DeKalb County’s domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center, 24 hours a day at 815.393.1995.

All survivor services at Safe Passage are free and confidential, including the new texting line. By texting Safe Passage, those experiencing crisis can safety plan with a trauma informed advocate and can connect with services. 

“While the stay at home order is in place, rates of violence have increased,” explains Safe Passage’s Executive Director, Mary Ellen Schaid. “We know talking over the phone can put those experiencing abuse at a higher risk. We’ve created the texting line so those who need our services can access them in the safest way possible.”

The agency’s 24/7 crisis hotline is still available and should be used for those seeking information and/or scheduling appointments with a counselor or a legal advocate. Contact the hotline 24/7 at 815.756.5228.

Safe Passage is DeKalb County’s only domestic violence and rape crisis center. In addition to safe housing, the organization offers crisis intervention and medical advocacy for victims, counseling, legal advocacy, children’s services, prevention programming, and a partner abuse intervention program. The organization serves people of all genders and all ages. All services at Safe Passage are free and confidential.