IFVCC Partners

Family Violence Coordinating Councils, at both the state and local/circuit levels, provide a forum to improve the institutional, professional and community response to family violence including child abuse, domestic abuse, and elder abuse. Councils provide professional education and prevention; coordinate interventions and services for victims and perpetrators; and contribute to both the improvement of the legal system and the administration of justice.

Steering Committee

  • Co-Chair: Hon. Kathy Bradshaw-Elliott, 21st Judicial Circuit
  • Co-Chair: Mary Ratliff, IFVCC Program Director
  • Hon. Robert Anderson, 18th Judicial Circuit
  • Brenda Benton, Local Council Coordinator, 4th Judicial Circuit
  • Sean Black, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Julie Boland, The Center for the Prevention of Abuse
  • Michelle Carmichael, Illinois State Board of Education
  • Hon. Robert Carter, 3rd District Appellate Court
  • Wendy Cohen, Office of the Illinois Attorney General
  • Hon. Rosemary Collins, 17th Judicial Circuit
  • Patrick Delfino, Illinois State’s Attorney Appellate Prosecutor
  • Bernardine Dohrn, Northwestern University Children and Family Justice Center
  • Sally Foster, Local Council Coordinator, 19th Judicial Circuit
  • Kevin Hull, Westside Institute for Science and Education
  • John Kjellquist, Illinois State Police
  • Laura Kunard, Regional Institute for Community Policing
  • John Legg, Illinois JusticeCorps
  • Denise McCaffery, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois
  • Dennis McNamara, Office of the Circuit Clerk of Cook County
  • Lois Moorman, Illinois Department on Aging
  • Cathy Oliveri, Office of the Circuit Clerk of Putnam County
  • Shirley Paceley, Blue Tower Training Center
  • Nisha Patel, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
  • Ami Lilley Plexico, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
  • Judge Stephen G. Sawyer (Ret.)
  • Vickie Smith, Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Teresa Tudor, Illinois Dept. of Human Services
  • Kim Wells, Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence

Illinois Imagines

Illinois Imagines is a statewide project to improve services to women with disabilities who have been victims of sexual violence. The project is directed by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois rape crisis centers, disability service agencies and self-advocates. Collaborative teams have been established in 30 communities across the state.

Envision Illinois

The mission of Envision Illinois is to transform services in Illinois into survivor-centered, seamless, responsive and sustainable system that fully meets the needs of Deaf people and people with disabilities who are survivors of domestic violence. The project is directed by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois domestic violence agencies, disability service agencies and self-advocates.