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Help for Illinois Domestic Violence Victims

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shutterstock_1695503737.jpgIn the United States, a woman is killed as a result of domestic violence every six hours. One in four women in this country will be a victim of domestic violence at some point in their lives. Statistics show that every nine seconds, a woman is battered by her partner. Seventy-five percent of domestic violence victims have children living in their homes. Studies show that the closer a woman is to leaving and divorcing her abuser, the more dangerous the situation becomes.

At Botti Marinaccio, LTD., our legal team is well aware of these tragic statistics. If you are a victim, a family lawyer from our firm may be able to help you take legal action against your abuser.

The Effects of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence can result in complex psychological damage for the women who are its victims. Many times, they do not want their abuser arrested and jailed; they only want the abuse to stop. As a result, many victims suffer in silence for years, not sharing with anyone the abuse they are experiencing. Restraining orders can be obtained to keep the abuser away from the victim, but victims need to depend on police departments and the court system to uphold those orders.

Evolving Cultural Beliefs

Fortunately, society has changed its attitude about domestic violence. Years ago, many Americans thought it was acceptable for a husband to beat his wife with a belt. Many police departments didn’t get involved in domestic calls.

Today, the majority of departments have a zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence. If an officer is called to a home and suspects domestic abuse, the suspected abuser can be arrested and charged whether or not the victim wants to press charges.

Stopping the Violence

Experts say there are three steps that need to be taken to help stop the violence. The first is ending the silence about domestic abuse and lifting the stigma associated with it. The second is ensuring that all law enforcement adopt the zero-tolerance policy. The third is to require all offenders to attend anger management courses to learn why they behave the way they do and to how they can control and redirect that anger. 

If you are a victim of domestic abuse and seeking a divorce, it’s critical for both you and your children’s safety to find a family lawyer who is experienced in dealing with domestic violence cases. An attorney can help you obtain an order of protection. Victims of domestic abuse can obtain an order of protection that legally prevents the offender from coming within a certain distance of the victim and contacting the victim or family members. Disobeying a protection order can result in the offender getting arrested and charged with appropriate crimes.

An attorney can also file a petition with the courts regarding divorce, child custody, child support, and other legal issues you need assistance with.

Contact a Cook County Family Lawyer Today

If you are a victim of domestic violence, you do not have to go through this alone. There are many organizations that can help provide assistance for you and your children. There are also legal steps that a dedicated DuPage County domestic violence attorney can help you take. Call Botti Marinaccio, LTD. at 630-575-8585 for a confidential consultation and learn what legal options you may have.







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