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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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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 domestic violence lawsBeginning this January, Ilinois salon employees have joined in the fight to identify and offer support and suggestions to their clients when instances of possible domestic violence or instances of sexual assault may be evident or disclosed.

The legislation, originally proposed by State Representative, Fran Hurley, (D-Chicago) and supported by Alderman, Matthew J. O’Shea (19th Ward - Chicago) has been added as an amendment to the Professions, Occupations, and Business Operations, Barber, Cosmetology, Hair Braiding and Nail Technology Act of 1985 (225 ILCS 410).

By enacting this amendment, Illinois is the first state in the nation to mandate domestic violence and sexual assault training for those working in the cosmetology industry. The mandate requires one hour of training for all nail technicians, cosmetologists, and hairdressers. This requirement must be met at the time of new licensure or at license renewal every two years. This training program will be added to the currently required 14 hours of continuing education required for license renewal.

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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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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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