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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.

Advocates urge greater privacy for abuse survivors

30141534_S.jpgIllinois victims of domestic violence and abuse could be at risk due to the public availability of information about their locations. Advocates have noted that when people file for a no-contact order against a former abuser, their address and location are part of the public criminal record.

The different forms of domestic abuse

39243756_S.jpgAccording to the U.S. Surgeon General, domestic violence is a leading health concern. However, Illinois residents may not necessarily know what domestic violence looks or feels like. This may stop victims from reporting abuse or prevent friends and family members of an abuse victim from seeking help on that person's behalf. The definition of domestic abuse is abusive behavior used by a person to gain control over a partner.

Orders of protection

Illinois victims of domestic violence should know about what types of orders of protection they may request against their abusers. The protection can be temporary in nature or provide long-term safety depending on the type of protection order that is sought.51507999_S.jpg

Why abuse victims may recant

39243756_S.jpgSome Illinois residents have been the victims of domestic violence. Unlike other types of assault, it takes place between two members of the same household. Therefore, such crimes can be more difficult to prosecute as family members or others who are close to each other don't want the aggressor to get in trouble. In some cases, victims will either stop cooperating with authorities or recant their previous statements.

How domestic violence impacts custody cases

35157407_S.jpgWhen an Illinois parent is accused of domestic violence, it could impact a subsequent child custody case. As courts take domestic abuse seriously, they are more likely to err on the side of caution to reduce the odds of putting a child in harm's way. As with any other child custody case, the court must determine what is in the best interest of the child when making a decision.

$800 million stopgap plan would help domestic violence victims

19508353_S.jpgWhen it comes to domestic violence, Illinois state funding to help victims can be sporadic but necessary to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the hostile environment they are trying to escape. Domestic violence situations can spiral out of control quickly, and many times the victims need to find a safe alternative place to stay.

Child support cases involving domestic violence

20612432_S.jpgWhen Illinois parents are the victim of domestic violence and are ending their marriage as a result, it can cause them to be reluctant to seek child support as they may fear retaliation. Even if the abuser does agree to make child support payments, it could be another way to exert control with a view towards reneging on the promise in the future.

There are mandatory report requirements for domestic abuse

51187929_S.jpgIllinois has mandatory reporting requirements when it comes to domestic violence. Essentially, health care providers are required to report potential domestic abuse cases to local law enforcement. If someone who is required to file a report does not do it within a specific time period, he or she could be charged with a misdemeanor.

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