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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 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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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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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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In Illinois, you can obtain an Order of Protection from the court to protect you from family members or those with whom you've had a romantic relationship or lived with who have made threats of violence against you.

The Illinois Domestic Violence Act (750 ILCS 60) does not protect you from threats of violence from co-workers, from friends or even complete strangers who may have made such threats.

However, in 2010, Illinois enacted a new law called the Stalking and No Contact Order Act (740 ILCS 21). The newer law provides that even if there was no romantic or family relationship but there were threats made that reach the level of stalking, you can obtain a no contact order from the court.

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