October is designated as Domestic Abuse Awareness Month. The goal is to eliminate the many misconceptions about what domestic violence is and the significant impact that it can have on its victims in Illinois and around the country. One is that the police will take the initial aggressor into custody. Instead, they may take the primary aggressor into custody, which may simply be the person who is deemed to be bigger and stronger.
This may create a situation where a smaller person may provoke his or her larger partner into becoming aggressive. It is much different than how such situations would have been handled in the past when one person would simply be told by police to leave for the night. Another problem may arise when an individual wants to escape an abusive relationship but doesn't know where to turn.
While there may be shelters available, more resources may need to be dedicated to help those who may be underserved by the current system. Abuse victims may also need more guidance as to how they can find a shelter or how to get a restraining order against an abuser. Finally, it may be necessary to get politicians and other community leaders to agree on just what can and should be done to solve the problem of domestic violence.
Individuals who choose to end their marriage because of abuse in the relationship may want to speak with a family law attorney. An attorney may be able to help victims of abuse get a restraining order that may terminate or severely restrict an abuser's right to see his or her children.