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IL divorce lawyerDivorce can make people act in ways they otherwise would have never even considered. In a few cases, one spouse will stalk their partner in order to intimidate them, learn information that could help their case, such as if the spouse is having an affair, or to try and get their partner to meet their demands. Stalking can involve a number of different behaviors. No matter the type of stalking one is engaging in, it is very threatening and there are steps you can take to stop it if it is happening during your divorce.

What Is Stalking?

According to the Stalking No Contact Order Act in Illinois, stalking typically involves surveilling a person, regularly appearing at their home, school, or work, making unwanted phone calls, or sending unwanted emails, texts, or messages over social media. Injuring a pet, leaving items for a person, and vandalizing another person’s property are also all considered forms of stalking.

It is important to note that no matter the type of behavior, stalking is usually done repeatedly and is not a single act. Usually, it also involves placing the victim in fear of being hurt, and sometimes stalkers do physically hurt their victims. No one should ever think that they are overreacting to their spouse stalking them, and everyone should know what to do when in this situation.

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IL divorce lawyerWomen are trapped in bad or abusive marriages for a variety of reasons. Below are the top three reasons that women stay in marriages that are harmful to themselves and their children.

Major Wage Discrepancies Between Men and Women Cause Women More Stress

On average, full-time female Illinois workers make just 78 cents for every dollar that full-time male workers earn. Obviously, women face pay discrimination — being paid less than men for the same occupations — but they also face discrimination in the workplace when it comes to promotions, being hired for good-paying jobs in the first place, for taking time away from work due to pregnancy, and for dozens of other reasons.

Because of this, two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women, and hundreds of thousands of women are trapped in bad marriages due to the financial stress that getting divorced would cause. It is understandable that studies show that women are more stressed out about money than men.

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Illinois domestic violence attorneyAs a woman under the age of 45, are you more likely to be killed by a stranger in a dark alley or by someone you know? According to a recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, 55 percent of killings in women under 45 were intimate partner violence-related. The CDC defines this as killings that occurred at the hands of a current or former partner or the partner’s family or friends. In the vast majority of these cases (93 percent), the assailant was an intimate partner or an ex. Perhaps surprisingly, strangers committed 16 percent of all female homicides in this group.

What to Do If You Are in a Marriage with Domestic Violence

Given these statistics, if you are involved in a relationship where there is domestic violence, your life could be in danger. Experts advise that victims of domestic violence should not assume that they will be safer in the future or that the abuse will never rise to a fatal level.

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Illinois domestic violence attorney, Illinois family law attorneyJust under 250 miles from Chicago, Illinois, a local Greensburg, Indiana man had a plan, but instantaneously may have taken domestic violence crime one step beyond the norm. With an engagement ring in his possession, he visited his girlfriend’s home with the intention of proposing but when the woman replied negatively he grabbed a known firearm located in a bedroom nightstand and killed his girlfriend with one fatal shot to her temple. The man has since turned himself into the Greensburg police department and now stands accused of the fatal shooting of his girlfriend. As per the official affidavit, the investigation is ongoing with regard to intent, motive, and timeline.

This case may appear to deviate from the classic cycle of domestic abuse, but abuse can be defined as an indicated behavior that is inflicted upon a woman or a man by a person with whom she or he is involved in an intimate relationship. Although it has not been confirmed if there was a substantiated history or cycle of domestic abuse in this relationship, a recent American Medical Association (AMA) report states that every five years as many women are killed by their intimate partners - 54,000 - as there were lives lost during the entire Vietnam War.

It may be interesting to note the progression of this case. Perhaps a charge of manslaughter will be passed but it may also raise new questions regarding the definition of stricter gun control laws or perhaps a new adaptation of domestic violence definitions. No matter how this case will be prosecuted, for those residing the 250 miles west of Indiana in Illinois, established definitions and protection options are fully disclosed under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986 (750 ILCS 60).

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Illinois domestic violence attorney, Illinois family law attorneyIn the fall of 2015, victims of domestic violence joined in solidarity by drawing a black dot on their hand to silently signal and seek the assistance of others to escape a life full of physical or mental abuse by their partner.

The brainchild of an anonymous domestic violence victim, the Black Dot campaign, at the time of inception, immediately attracted over 40,000 “likes” on Facebook. The simple reasoning behind the campaign was the hope that perhaps a family member or stranger would recognize the black dot and offer their assistance giving the victim hope and strength to change the negatives into positives.

The campaign quickly became widely recognized, but many critics cited that the perpetrators of abuse would also recognize the marking and its meaning and the level of violence would trigger new episodes of violence.

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