Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Funding
In late 2018, Swedish Hospital was chosen as one of eight organizations nationwide by the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime to receive a $950,000 grant. Over the next two years, funds will support the enhancement of hospital-based victim services in the Pathways Program to better identify survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual assault and connect them to health and support services to improve their physical, emotional and financial recovery.
The grant will help support survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual assault as well as the Swedish Hospital's Pathways Program in the following ways:
- Training for 1,000 clinicians in the areas of trauma informed care, domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual assault
- Trauma-informed medical, dental and mental health care for victims of violence
- On-call pool of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) and equipment to strengthen evidence collection techniques
- On-site and after hours telehealth domestic violence advocacy through our partner, Apna Ghar
- Deepened connections with our current community partners:
- Apna Ghar
- Between Friends
- Salvation Army STOP-IT
- Lutheran Social Services of Illinois
- Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network
- Resilience (formerly RVA)
- Chicago Police Department District 20
- Cook County State's Attorney's Sexual Assault Multi-Disciplinary Team
- New community partnerships to provide housing and workforce development resources for survivors of abuse:
- Sarah’s Circle (housing options for single women)
- YWCA Evanston (residential services for domestic violence survivors)
- HANA Center (workforce development)
- Jane Adams Resource Corporation (job training and education)
- Partnership with UIC to provide evaluation services
- Formation of a survivor-led advisory group.
To learn more about the Pathways Program or how you can help, please contact Swedish Hospital Foundation at Foundation@SwedishCovenant.org or 773-293-5121.