Domestic violence, as defined by the US Office on Violence Against Women, is a “pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.” Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological in nature. It can happen to anyone regardless of gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, race, or education level. Domestic violence occurs in all kinds of relationships and not only affects the victim of abuse, but also the victim’s family and friends, co-workers, and the entire community.
Domestic violence is a severe crime and every effort should be made to end the violence as soon as possible. The consequences of domestic abuse are always serious; it can result in bodily injuries, mental trauma and sometimes even death. Children who are affected by domestic violence can have a multitude of social and physical problems and are at a risk of repeating the violent behavior they have witnessed.
According to a study by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year in the United States. Furthermore, one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Many of these domestic violence cases are never reported to the police.
If you, or anyone you know, are threatened by domestic violence, Kathryn L. Harry & Associates, P.C. can provide help immediately. An order of protection can be obtained against the abusive spouse, preventing the aggressor from abusing the victim any further. Likewise, a restraining order can be issued. Protect yourself and your family and contact a dedicated Illinois family law attorney as soon as possible.
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