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Who We Are and What We Do

Our Mission

"To break the cycle of Domestic Violence against Women

by providing necessary services in and around Chicago,

while being trauma informed and culturally respectful,

reflecting the specific needs

of underserved communities of color"

Our Vision

Empowering Women NFP is founded on the vision that every person has the right to be safe, empowered,

free from violence and the fear of violence.

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Empowering Women NFP is a Chicago, Illinois, based 501c3 organization dedicated to providing services to domestic violence survivors and their families, with a primary focus on areas with underserved communities.

Empowering Women NFP assists women who are survivors of domestic violence including physical, emotional, economic and sexual abuse, by providing emotional, legal, life-skills, and employment-related support, along with a broad range of workshops focused on self-reliance.  We arrange for temporary, emergency shelter as needed to protect the physical and mental well-being of those we serve.  Our team and services are trauma informed. 

We believe that a successful organization is based on good governance, transparency, minimal overhead, and a focus on delivering services to survivors of domestic violence.

We aim to reduce social problems such as child abuse, elder abuse, racism and other forms of oppression, that stem from situations of domestic violence.


Services We Provide


To fulfill our Mission, we provide a broad range of needed services.  These are:

  • Initial and Ongoing Personal Counseling and Planning through a Plan of Action

  • Legal Assistance

  • Emergency short term shelter as needed

  • Assistance with Job Placement and Job Skills Training

  • Workshops on Wellness, Empowerment, Self-Realization, and Life Management Skills

  • Self-defense skills and techniques

  • Basic Health-care through Physician volunteers

  • Vocational Training

  • Community Outreach and Advocacy

  • All our programs are trauma informed and designed to be culturally attuned, respectful to the diverse cultures in Chicago, with language assistance.

Our Board of Directors

Sahar Ahmad                    Arshia Hasnain                 

Dr. Mumtaz Husain         Sarah Hussain                 

Farvah Lakhani                Stephanie Pelzer           

Abhi Singh                     

Our Board of Advisors

Diana Rodriguez              Sena Alinco 

Farah Chalisa

Our Partners

We have a dedicated, highly motivated team of qualified volunteers to help with our delivery of services, working closely with our community partners including Chicago Police Department District 24, Devon Bank, Alliant Credit Union INCLUDE Group, Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago Battered Women's Network, The Women's Justice League, Lake Forest College SASA, Holy Spirit Life Learning Center, and Living Hope Church.

Our Foundation Support

We gratefully acknowledge the support of Alliant Foundation, Chicago Foundation for Women, the Loundy Family Foundation, and PNC Foundation.

"We believe all Domestic Violence survivors who come to us 

can embrace who they are and can define their future"

We Need Your Support Today!

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