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Deaths by domestic violence go up in Illinois in 2017

27923021_S.jpgAccording to the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, there were 61 deaths related to domestic violence in the state in 2017. That is an increase from 49 such deaths in 2016. While the exact reason why the number went up is unclear, it may be related to the fact that the group didn't have a budget for two years. Other domestic violence agencies in the state were also forced to cut services or close entirely.

Among services cut were community education and outreach programs. There were also fewer staff members on hand to preform services for those who were victims of domestic violence. Not being able to help a person in a timely manner may result in additional physical harm or death. When people leave an abusive relationship, they have a 75 percent greater chance of being killed. Their chances of being hurt or killed may go up further if they don't know where to turn for help.

Those who fear for their safety may wish to reach out to law enforcement or to an attorney for help. It may be possible to help a victim learn more about the resources available to help leave an abusive partner or what to do after leaving. In some cases, those who have been victims of domestic violence may seek emergency protection orders.

Once an emergency order is granted, it may be possible to have that order extended indefinitely. A family law attorney may be able to help an abuse victim take steps to get the protection that is needed. In addition to a protective order, an abuser may lose the right to see his or her children.

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