Domestic Violence Program

After a year of operating under serious restrictions, we’re thrilled to announce that as of Friday, June 11, our shelter will be opening back up to full capacity once more. Because of the health crisis, we’ve been open but at half capacity, placing some families into motel rooms as needed, to keep everyone safe and healthy.
In addition to the shelter being open to full capacity, our groups will now be open to full capacity. We were having clients call to reserve a spot for each group they wanted to attend, due to limited space, and will no longer need to do this under the new guidelines.
We will continue to wear masks and require others in the shelter and groups to do so based on CDC guidelines for congregate settings.
We SO look forward to returning to some semblance of normal after a very long year. We also look forward to more of our volunteers returning, and we thank all those who have helped out by donating PPE, paper goods, and all who’ve been waiting patiently to come back to volunteer doing various needed work at the shelter, including shelter coverage.
effective June 11, 2021


Group Schedule

Overcoming Trauma: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
V 101: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
DV Support Group & Children’s Support Group: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Healthy Families w/Parenting Specialist: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Bible Study for Survivors: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Just Craftin' Around, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Overcoming Addiction: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Residential Shelter

The Dove shelter is a place of safety and respite for adults and children who are experiencing domestic abuse. The shelter is staffed 24 hours a day and provides not only the basic necessities for its residents but also support services. The shelter is accessible on a walk-in basis at 302 S. Union, Decatur, and through Dove's 24-hour telephone hotline: 217.423.2238. 


Individual and group counseling is provided to adult and child residential/non-residential clients. 

Legal Advocacy

Legal advocacy is an integral part of the Domestic Violence Program. Staff members assist victims of domestic violence in obtaining Orders of Protection, as well as their legal options. Legal Advocates are available to accompany the victims as they maneuver their way through the court system.

Children's Services

Children receive specialized services such as individual and group counseling. Support and nurturing are importance components of Dove's children's program.


Dove is a cooperative member of the social service community. When necessary, Domestic Violence Program staff refer clients to other agencies or groups for matters in which Dove is unable to assist.

NDVH National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline


Domestic Violence Program staff provide the community with education, training, workshops and seminars about domestic violence issues on a regular ongoing basis.  The Domestic Violence Education and Volunteer Training is currently being offered in the Spring and Fall.  


If you are in danger, please:

Call 911

Call Dove - 217-423-2238

or call

The National Domestic Violence Hotline - (800) 799-SAFE

(the email is only for general inquiries)

Help - Hotlines

(collect calls are accepted)

DeWitt County 217-935-6072
Macon County 217-423-2238
Moultrie County 217-728-9334

Shelby County

Piatt County



TTY Line 217-428-6559