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The sobering statistics on domestic violence

Unfortunately, domestic violence is a common problem. Physical abuse, sexual assault, intimidation, emotional abuse and stalking are serious issues that may put you or your children in danger. If you or someone in your home is at risk of becoming a victim of domestic violence, you should seek help right away. Filing a petition for a protective order may be one of the best things you can do for your safety.

If you are in this type of situation, know that you are not alone. Statistics reveal the severity of the issue.  

Illinois statistics

Here are some disturbing numbers about domestic violence in Illinois:

  • 84 people, including 15 children, died from domestic violence from July 2013 to June 2014.
  • Approximately 65,800 instances of domestic violence were reported to Illinois police in 2014.
  • 28.9 percent of homicides in Illinois were committed with guns.

Thankfully, Illinois has laws in place to protect victims and survivors of domestic violence. There are also numerous victims' advocacy programs in the state, such as those run by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

A nationwide problem

Violence, assault and intimidation are problems across the nation. Consider these facts:

  • Domestic violence hotlines receive about 21,000 calls every day.
  • One out of three women and one out of four men in the U.S. go through some type of physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner.
  • Violence from domestic partners accounts for approximately 15 percent of all violent crimes.
  • 72 percent of murder-suicides involve intimate partners.
  • When a gun is inside a home where domestic violence takes place, it increases the risk of a homicide occurring by 500 percent.

These staggering numbers show how many victims require protection. If you are experiencing domestic abuse, you can get help. One of the most effective remedies is filing for an order of protection; you may file this petition in civil court. A skilled attorney can help you with this claim and advocate on your behalf.

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