A Warning to Pandemic Opportunists

A Warning to Pandemic Opportunists Courts in Illinois have limited function right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are struggling to serve the citizens of Illinois and some are increasing in their ability to serve people sooner than others. The judges have issued orders limiting who can go to court, how matters may be […]

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Know What To Do In Case Domestic Violence Occurs

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, so being mindful of those who are victims of domestic violence is important. A way to stay involved is to encourage them to create a safety plan, just in case an incident occurs. Furthermore, you can help them deal with the constant struggle of living in fear can by understanding […]

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Illinois Offers Workplace Protection For Victims Of Domestic Violence

Each year, more than 10 million women and men experience physical abuse from an intimate partner. That amounts to about 20 victims per minute. Many leave their abusers. Others do not. All of them are offered similar protections and services, including the workplace protection for domestic violence victims. If you or someone you love is facing a […]

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Protecting Yourself From Domestic Violence During Divorce Proceedings

Domestic violence can affect anyone. It does not care about race, age, religion, station, gender, or income level. Worst of all, when domestic violence and divorce mix, the risk to a victim can increase. If you are planning to leave a violent relationship, it is critical that you know how to protect yourself during divorce. Always Have […]

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Illinois Protects Sexual Assault Survivors From Custody Battles

There has been recent news coverage regarding the fact that in some states sexual assault survivors, who have children as a result of their assault, are forced to share custody of their child with the person who sexually assaulted them. Fortunately, Illinois has various laws in place to prevent this from happening. Illinois Statute Prohibits Men Who Father Children […]

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How Domestic Violence Impacts Divorce and Custody Cases

Domestic violence is often an issue in family law cases. Illinois has a system of laws to help protect victims of domestic violence and their children. Emotions typically run high in custody and parenting time cases. If you have been the victim of abuse, you need to understand your rights. Orders of Protection Victims of domestic violence […]

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Orders of Protection for Victims of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a serious and pervasive problem in our society. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, nearly three out of every 10 women and one out of every 10 men has experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by a partner. While historically this violence went ignored, there are now legal tools in place to help […]

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Domestic Violence Survivors Can Keep Their Addresses Confidential

Domestic violence is an ongoing and terrible problem both in the United States and all over the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every four women and one out of every seven men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner. The women and men who survive this violence […]

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Abusive Relationships and Domestic Violence Laws

This past year’s news coverage of domestic violence and the National Football League has brought domestic violence to the forefront in our society. Unfortunately, for all too many women and men in the United States, domestic violence is always in the forefront because it is a fact of their daily lives. While it is impossible to know […]

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Escaping an Abusive Relationship

Domestic abuse is a serious issue that many people in relationships face throughout the United States. In fact, one website notes that every nine seconds a woman in the United States is assaulted or beaten. What is even more alarming is that approximately 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence every year. Although victims of domestic abuse […]

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The Role of Temporary Restraining Orders in Domestic Abuse Cases

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), approximately 42.4 million women in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner at least one in their lifetime. Domestic violence is a serious problem that victims throughout the United States often face alone, with the fear that their partner […]

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The Dangers of Domestic Abuse and Battered Woman’s Syndrome

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. In addition, 1.3 million women are assaulted by an intimate partner each year. These staggering statistics reinforce how prevalent domestic violence is in the United States. The sad fact is that most victims of domestic violence are too scared […]

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Detect & Protect: Warning Signs of Child Abuse

Child abuse can occur in any family situation.However, when your child does not live with you full time, and is also in the custody of another adult, it may be more difficult to detect the abuse. During the month of April, Child Abuse Awareness Month, massive awareness campaigns are promulgated to educate people on the warning […]

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Legal Recourse for Domestic Violence Victims: Protective Orders

Recent surveys and studies have indicated that domestic violence is a widespread issue across the country, and one that does not receive as much discussion time as is needed. The “No More” survey from the Avon Foundation for Women discovered that more than 50% of Americans hadn’t discussed domestic violence or sexual assault with their friends. Research cites that […]

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Missing Illinois Children May Be Victims of Child Abuse

Three children that were most recently seen on Feb. 27 are believed to be in Key West Fl. and in danger after being reported missing from Kankakee, Ill.. Illinois law enforcement is looking to the public for assistance to bring these children back home to safety. Artistic Fletcher, 1, Nicholas Lane, 5 and Damien Kelly, […]

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What Constitutes Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, family violence, or intimate partner violence (IPV). Any behavior classified by these terms is when one partner in an intimate relationship abuses the other—whether the relationship is a marriage, cohabitation, dating, or familial. An act of domestic violence does not have to be physical. […]

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Boyfriend Missing Piece of Tongue After Valentine’s Spat

On Valentine’s Day, Elaine Cook got into an argument with her boyfriend after they went out for dinner. When she insisted he leave, he tried to give her a goodbye kiss to end the argument—and she bit off a “large” piece of his tongue, according to this article in the Chicago Sun-Times. 51-year-old Cook, a […]

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