Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Funding

In late 2018, Swedish Covenant Health 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 Violence Prevention Program (VPP) 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 SCH Violence Prevention 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
    • KAN-WIN
    • 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. 

Contact Us

To learn more about the Violence Prevention Program or how you can help, please contact Swedish Covenant Hospital Foundation at or 773-293-5121.