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DuPage County domestic violence lawyersAs an outside observer, abusive relationships can be difficult to understand. For someone who has never been a victim of domestic violence, you may be wondering why the abused spouse does not leave the relationship and seek out a happier and healthier future. The people in these relationships will likely tell you that once you are in an abusive relationship, the answers that you thought were so simple no longer seem that way. 

Did you know that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the U.S. have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner? In Illinois, there were 45,319 adult survivors of domestic violence in 2019 alone. Eventually, some married couples in these abusive relationships will decide that divorce is best for their safety and happiness. However, they may need to file an order of protection to protect themselves throughout the legal proceedings.

How to Obtain an Order of Protection

In Illinois, domestic violence is often considered a criminal offense. Any person who chokes, kicks, hits, threatens, harrasses, or interferes with the personal freedom of a family or household member has violated Illinois’ domestic violence law. This can include blood-related family members, married or previously married couples, those who cohabitate, people who have children together, and those who are dating or previously dated.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_379612687.jpgDomestic violence occurs when an individual(s) is abused by someone who is their relative, cohabiter, or significant other. Domestic violence can occur between parents, spouses or former spouses, individuals in dating or engagement relationships, cohabitants, or former cohabitants. 

In Illinois, domestic violence is considered to be a serious crime and a violent offense that comes with severe penalties such as prison time and fines. The five different types of domestic violence include:

       1. Physical Abuse

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domestic violence, DuPage County family law attorneys, harassment, Mevorah Law Offices LLC, order of protection, physical abuse, protective orders, willful deprivationIn just the first three months of 2014, it happened over 36,000 times. In 2013, it happened over 177,000 times. What are these statistics referring to? Domestic violence.

Illinois takes domestic violence seriously, and the Illinois Domestic Violence Act gave victims a tool to help combat abuse and separate from their spouse. Orders of protection can make an abuser take (or not take) a number of actions that will help ensure the safety of the victim, their loved ones, and their property.

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 abusive relationships, domestic abuse, Illinois Domestic Violence Act, order of protection, Illinois domestic violence attorneys, Illinois family law attorneys, DuPage County, Centralized Domestic Violence Court, family law, Mevorah Law Offices LLC, Chicago divorce lawyer, Order of Protection in IllinoisDomestic Violence

As we become more aware of the issues and challenges surrounding domestic violence in society, both individual states and the federal government have adopted new laws and protections for victims of abusive relationships.

Domestic violence is defined as “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.” Domestic violence is a term that is used to describe threats or actions that are physical, sexual, emotional, financial, or psychological that someone employs in an attempt to control another person.

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People get divorced for various reasons, from growing apart from your spouse to having an affair. Regardless of the reason for the divorce, one spouse has to suggest the divorce without fear of a violent reaction. Sometimes, though, when someone is being abused by their spouse and they want out of the relationship, they are too afraid to suggest it.

LucyAccording to the Illinois State Police, 40% of total murders of women are women killed by their husbands. These are women who are more afraid to attempt at escaping their relationship than they are of the abuse they face if they stay in the relationship.

The Illinois State Police also reported that there is no particular race or socioeconomic level at which abuse of women is more common, it happens every day to women of all types. If you think that you are alone because you are of a certain economic level that is less abusive, or another group that is less abusive, you are wrong. It happens to everyone and you should not be embarrassed about it, there are other women just like you.

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