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IL divorce lawyerOn March 20, 2020, Governor J.B. Pritzker issued a statewide shelter-in-place order. The order was intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep people safe in their own homes. Although the order may have saved lives and helped Illinois flatten the curve, for others, the news was not good. These are the individuals that are victims of domestic violence. For many of these victims, the only relief they had from the threat of abuse prior to the pandemic was when they went to work, or when their abuser did. It was not long before Chicago, and many other areas, saw an increase in domestic violence. Below are a few of the factors that place victims at greater risk during the pandemic.

The Feeling of Isolation

Abusers typically want to isolate their victim from their workplace, friends, and family members. Through this isolation, the abuser can use gaslighting techniques on their victims and are more easily able to control them. With social isolation mandated by the government, it became easier to isolate victims of domestic violence, which can trigger future incidents.

Stress

The novel coronavirus brought an unknown threat to Illinois and the rest of the United States. The unknown is extremely stressful, particularly when people are unsure of how the virus spreads, how to contain it, and how to protect loved ones. When abusers become stressed, they commonly take it out on their victims, particularly when each person is forced to remain in the same household.

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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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IL divorce lawyerMarriages often struggle because of a lack of communication, mutual goals, and intimacy. Financial stress, unrealistic expectations, and constant arguing are other top causes of divorce, yet sometimes these difficulties can be worked on to save the marriage before it is too late. In other circumstances, the marriage may be beyond repair. One study showed that the most common major contributors to divorce were lack of commitment, infidelity, and conflict or arguing, while the most common reasons for being the “final straw” were infidelity, domestic violence, and substance use.

Infidelity

Being cheated on is possibly the ultimate sign of disrespect in marriage. Illinois does not recognize “fault” in marriage, and infidelity generally has no bearing on decisions such as division of assets, child custody, or support orders. However, infidelity is the “final straw” in many marriages that were already struggling, as there is no way to trust that spouse again in the future.

Being in an Abusive Relationship or the Victim of Domestic Violence

Whether one spouse is physically, emotionally, or psychologically abusive, it is almost a certainty that the victim’s best option is to find a divorce attorney as soon as possible Reporting abuse to law enforcement for a restraining order may also be a necessary step to getting out of the abusive marriage. Common types of spousal abuse include the following:

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IL divorce lawyerWhen most people hear the word domestic violence, they think of physical and emotional abuse. However, financial abuse does not often come to mind. Financial abuse is a common yet overlooked type of domestic violence, which can make life a real challenge for a victim. Let’s take a closer look at the major warning signs of financial abuse.

1. No Control of Finances

Often, one spouse is better equipped to handle finances than the other and takes care of most of the family’s money management. Although this scenario is perfectly okay, sometimes, it can get out of hand. When one spouse takes complete control of the finances and prevents the other from accessing funds or information, there is an issue. If the spouse who is not involved in the family finances only pays cash for items and/or does not have access to a checkbook or credit card, financial abuse may be taking place.

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Illinois domestic violence attorney, Illinois family law attorney As the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) defines domestic violence as the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and or other forms of abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power or control by one intimate partner against the other. The frequency and severity of domestic violence vary dramatically with one wondering if the abuse spikes over the stressful holiday season?

As the NCADV reports that one in three women or men will have experienced some form of physical or verbal abuse by a partner those caught in the cycle of abuse fear the holiday season for various reasons.

As families gather together to celebrate the season incidents of domestic abuse significantly rise as evident by the number of reports are filed with law enforcement.

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