Senator Ventura Mourns Tragic Loss in Community, Highlights Domestic Violence Resources in Will County

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Senator Ventura Mourns Tragic Loss in Community, Highlights Domestic Violence Resources in Will County (Joliet, IL) — As more news continues to break about the seven people in Will County who were killed by who police say was their relative, State Senator Rachel Ventura is mourning the tragic loss and highlighting resources for others families who may be facing domestic violence.

Ventura (D-Joliet) expressed deep concern following the devastating loss of seven family members in Joliet, reflecting on the necessity of preemptive assistance to avert such tragedies and the profound impact they leave on the community.

“No family should suffer through such anguish,” said Ventura. “Unfortunately, we often remain unaware of individuals’ internal struggles until it’s too late.”

Sadly, an estimated one in five homicide victims are killed by a relative, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ventura is reminding people if they feel unsafe or see signs someone is in potential danger, help is available.

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Will County has a number of Domestic Violence shelters, mental health facilities, hotlines and more available, including:

  • 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline – Call or Text 988
  • 211 America’s Lifeline to Help for essential services – Call 211
  • Will County Health Dept Behavioral Health – 815-727-8521
  • NAMI Will-Grundy – 815-409-7917
  • Thriveworks  –  City of Joliet residents can call 855-511-0149, Non-Joliet Will County Residents call 855-789-2057
  • Guardian Angel Groundwork – Joliet: 815-729-1228 (shelter, counseling)
  • Harbor House – Kankakee: 815-932-5800 (shelter, counseling)
  • Alternatives to Domestic Violence: 815-673-1555
    • 24-hour Hotline 800-892-3375
  • Mutual Ground – Aurora: 630-897-0080 (shelter, counseling)
  • Family Shelter Service – Downers Grove and Wheaton: 630-469-5650 (shelter, counseling)
  • Anew: Building Beyond Violence and Abuse: 708 335-3028 (24-hour bilingual hotline, emergency shelter, court advocacy, counseling, transitional and rapid rehousing)
  • 24-Hotline – Homewood: 708-335-3028 (counseling, shelter referrals, emergency shelter only)
  • Crisis Center for South Suburbia: 708-429-7233 (shelter, counseling)

“Domestic violence transcends age, gender, and socioeconomic status,” said Ventura. “It’s imperative that we support our neighbors and loved ones. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please seek assistance. Remember, you are not alone.”

Those experiencing mental health distress or crisis are encouraged to call 988. People facing an immediate violent threat should call 911 if able.

Senator Ventura Mourns Tragic Loss in Community, Highlights Domestic Violence Resources in Will County

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