The Dove shelter is a place of safety and respite for women
and children who are experiencing domestic abuse. The shelter
is staffed 24 hours a day and provides not only the basic necessities
for its residents but also support services. The shelter
is accessible on a walk-in basis at 302 S.
Union, Decatur, and
through Dove's 24-hour telephone hotline: 217.423.2238.
Men seeking shelter as a result of abuse from a domestic violence
situation are assisted by cooperation with a local motel; call the
hotline for assistance.
Individual and group counseling is provided to residential and
non-residential clients. Individual counseling is also provided
to male victims of domestic violence.
Legal advocacy is an integral part of the Domestic Violence Program. Staff
members assist victims of domestic violence in obtaining Orders
of Protection, as well as their legal options. Legal Advocates
are available to accompany the victims as they maneuver their
way through the court system.
Children receive specialized services such as individual
and group counseling. Support and nurturing are importance
components of Dove's children's program.