Most Illinois residents take allegations of abuse seriously. However, when people think of "domestic violence," they often assume that the victim is a woman. However, domestic violence committed against men also occurs regularly.
Domestic violence covers a wide range of violent acts that are committed by one family member against another one. Although domestic violence often covers physical harm, it can also cover emotional, psychological and sexual abuse. When domestic violence occurs, a common trigger is accusations of infidelity, though alcohol and drug abuse also often play a significant role. Many female abusers often restrict or control the victim's finances or may even threaten to reveal embarrassing personal information.
When it comes to domestic violence against men, many cases go unreported. Part of the problem is that traditional gender roles causes a stigma to be attached to any male who admits to being involved in an abusive relationship where the abuser is a woman. Further, men who are abused are potentially at risk for being taken into custody. If the couple has kids, this could potentially mean that the children will be left alone with an abuser, putting them at risk for harm.
When people believe that they or other family members are at risk of harm due to domestic violence, a family law attorney mighthelp. If they nees to get a divorce, the attorney may assist with filing out the paperwork and filing it with court. If they believe that they are at risk for harm, the attorney may help file a restraining order that prevents the other person from contacting them while the divorce proceedings are underway.