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Medical Advocacy

Medical Advocacy


Medical advocacy for sexual assault and abuse survivors.

Services Offered

Crisis Counseling • Sexual Assault Survivors • Victim Services • Rape Victim Advocacy • Medical Advocacy • Legal Advocacy • Youth


Resilience, formerly Rape Victim Advocates (RVA), provides medical advocacy for survivors of sexual violence. A medical advocate acts as a liaison with healthcare professionals to ensure survivors' needs are met and they are treated with dignity and respect. Medical advocates also assist victims after the emergency room.

it is recommended that victims of sexual violence go to a hospital as soon as possible to receive medical treatment and have the opportunity to complete an evidence collection kit (often called a rape kit), which may be done up to 7 days after the assault. By law rape victims in Illinois should not be billed for medical treatment received in a hospital emergency department as a result of sexual violence


2900 N. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60657 41.9340924 -87.6373774

Service Options

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish


-Clients ages 12 and older must consent to services.


  • This service is free

How to Apply

If is recommended that you seek treatment at a Resilience partner hospital. You may request medical advocacy services at a partner hospital any time by walking in to the emergency room, or by calling ahead to the 24/7 hotline at 888-293-2080. If you seek emergency services in an ER, the hospital is required to notify police, but you are not required to file a police report.

Other Locations

Resilience Office
Program Phone: (888) 293-2080
180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60601
Methodist Hospital of Chicago
Program Phone: (888) 293-2080
5025 N. Paulina St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Program Phone: (888) 293-2080
251 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Saint Joseph's Hospital
Program Phone: (888) 293-2080
2900 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60657
Swedish Covenant Hospital
Program Phone: (888) 293-2080
5140 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
Thorek Hospital
Program Phone: (888) 293-2080
850 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60613
Weiss Memorial Hospital
Program Phone: (888) 293-2080
4646 N. Marine Dr.
Chicago, IL 60640
John H Stroger Hospital
Program Phone: (888) 293-2080
1969 Ogden Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612
Provident Hospital of Cook County
Program Phone: (888) 293-2080
500 E. 51st St.
Chicago, IL 60615
Rush University Medical Center
Program Phone: (888) 293-2080
1653 W. Congress Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60612
University of Illinois (UIC) Hospital
Program Phone: (888) 293-2080
914 S. Wood St.
Chicago, IL 60612
Mount Sinai Hospital
Program Phone: (888) 293-2080
1500 S. Fairfield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608
Community First Medical Center
Program Phone: (888) 293-2080
5645 W. Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60634
Saint Mary of Nazareth Medical Center
Program Phone: (888) 293-2080
2233 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
West Suburban Medical Center
Program Phone: (888) 293-2080
3 Erie St.
Oak Park, IL 60302