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b2ap3_thumbnail_domestic-violence_20191014-231545_1.jpgDomestic violence is one of the most common criminal acts in the nation, yet it rarely makes headlines, arrests are too few and far between, and the victim is often too fearful to speak out against the perpetrator or report the incidents to law enforcement. As such, millions of men and women, though mostly women, are trapped in marriages and relationships that are characterized by physical violence and mental/psychological harm. An experienced lawyer can help you get out of this situation as well as file for a restraining order to protect yourself and your children.

Homicide and Domestic Violence

One in four women and one in nine men are the victims of severe domestic violence, domestic partner stalking, or domestic partner sexual violence. Domestic violence obviously causes physical injury, but the true damage is often emotional and psychological, with many victims suffering from PTSD, depression, and anxiety for months and years they have left the abusive relationship. Even worse, many victims are trapped in abusive relationships for years or a lifetime. Domestic violence victims also suffer financially, with many losing their job or workdays due to the abuse they are subjected to. However, the danger of intimate partner violence does not stop there.

  • 4.6 percent of murder victims are the spouse of the perpetrator
  • 3.1 percent of murder victims are the children of the perpetrator
  • 72 percent of murder-suicides involve an intimate partner
  • 94 percent of murder-suicide victims are female

Firearms Increase the Likelihood of Homicide by 500 Percent

If the abusive spouse or partner has a gun, the chances of them committing a murder against you, your child, or a family member increases dramatically. A full 30 percent of domestic violence homicides are committed against the perpetrator’s own family (this includes the spouse, children, parents, siblings, and other family members), with many of the victims being family or household members who step in to stop the violence. For a tragic yet all too common example, a child may attempt to stop his father from hitting his mother and be killed by the father as a result. When guns are present in domestic violence situations, the risk of homicide is increased by 500 percent. After all, seven out of 10 homicides are committed with a firearm.

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domestic-violenceFor the 95 percent of Americans who celebrate the prodigious holiday known to Christianity, the season of wonderment can prove challenging, especially for the four million women and three million men who are routinely caught in the cycle of domestic violence. Domestic violence or the cycle of abuse used to dominate another person through fear or intimidation, increases during what is highly promoted as the "Most Wonderful Time of the Year."

Holidays are often marred by an increase in domestic violence as additional pressures of the holidays build and later explode in yet another episode of domestic abuse. As tempers flare, anxiety levels rise and arguments flow as easily as the libations of holiday get-togethers, the level of domestic violence also rises. As adults seek to defuse situations brought on by perhaps high emotions, alcohol and even the wrong combination of family members during what should be joyous gatherings, for the sake of their children, it is often the children who also experience a heightened level of trepidation of what may lay ahead after the party winds down.

Some family advocates feel a struggling economy and unemployment, accompanied by the pressure to be the best Santa possible, can spark a domestic violence incident. Other sources contribute time off work and couples spending additional time in the same proximity can result in added pressure and lead to violent episodes.

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abusive relationship, domestic violence, Illinois family law attorney, Illinois State Police, Martoccio & Martoccio, order of protection, victim of domestic violenceAccording to the Illinois State Police, a woman is beaten in an act of domestic violence every 15 seconds in the United States. Furthermore, the injuries that result from these attacks require more medical attention than injuries from rapes, muggings, and accidents combined. These statistics are particularly frightening when you take into consideration how many incidents of domestic violence go unreported. It is also often more surprising for people to learn that men can be victims of domestic violence as well.

In Illinois, domestic violence is defined as striking, choking, kicking, harassing, threatening, or interfering with the personal liberty of a family member. It can also include forcing a child to watch the abuse or keeping a disabled person from getting care they need. Under the law, a family member includes any of the following:

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