${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt} Main Menu
Call Today: 855-805-0595

Helping abuse victims during disaster response

21816279_S.jpgIllinois residents or others who go through a natural disaster may experience emotional trauma. They may also experience physical injury or stress that comes from not having access to food, water or basic services. These factors may increase the likelihood of domestic violence in the aftermath of a storm like Hurricane Harvey. Therefore, those who study the issue say that domestic violence services should be part of an overall disaster recovery plan.

Effective emergency management takes place in four different stages. During the response stage, emergency personnel should offer basic comfort and support to women and children who have experienced domestic abuse. This may take the form of directing them to shelters or providing them with other resources to get past the abuse. The second stage of emergency management is recovery, and emergency management personnel may help abuse victims by pointing them to long-term social support resources.

The final two stages are mitigation and preparedness. In the mitigation stage, law enforcement and others who respond to disasters should form relationships with victims of domestic violence and act as advocates for them. In the preparedness stage, a focus can be placed on bringing awareness to the community about the causes and effects of domestic violence. Training programs may be developed to help first responders meet the needs of abuse victims.

If an individual is the victim of abuse, it may be possible to get a protective order against the abuser. In some cases, an emergency order may be granted until a formal court date can be set. If the victim is a child, the abuser may lose his or her parental rights to the child. Legal counsel may be able to help victims take legal action to get a permanent protective order, financial compensation or both.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
2015 Top 100 Lawyers - ASLA Lead Counsel Rated Rated By Super Lawyers American Legal Institute | America's Top Attorneys 2016 Nation's Premier Top Ten Ranking 2016 | NAFLA 10 Best 2014-2017 | 4 Years Client Satisfaction | American Institute of Family Law Attorneys ™ Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb The National Trial Lawyers National Association of Distinguished Counsel | Nation's Top One Percent National Academy of Jurisprudence Rue Rating | Best Attorneys Of America | Lifetime Charter Member The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers | America's Premier Attorneys Law Firm 500 | 2016 Honoree America's Top 100 Attorneys American Jurist Institute Top 10 Attorneys American Jurist Institute Top 10 Attorneys 2017
Stange Law Firm, PC

Stange Law Firm, PC
115 Lincoln Place Ct.,
Se. 101
Belleville, Illinois 62221

Toll Free: 855-805-0595
Fax: 314-963-9191
Law Office Map