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Domestic violence resources in Illinois

Illinois healthcare workers are often the first outside individuals that become aware that domestic abuse is occurring in a family. Sadly, these individuals do not always know who to refer victims of domestic violence so that they can receive the help they badly need. Victims are often understandably afraid that if they seek divorce, they and there children may be left in poverty.

In Chicago, one organization is being set up solely to provide connections to women and children that are looking for help. The intent of the project is to both educate and train hospital staff regarding providing assistance. The reason why there are not more such groups seems to be a shortage of funding. The reason there continues to be a great need for such resources is because the abuse again seems to be on the increase in the Chicago area.

Murders believed to have been the result of domestic violence rose significantly during the first half of 2012. Though domestic violence in Illinois seems to have declined since it reached an all-time high in 2007, it must also be remembered that 2007 was not all that long ago.

Family law attorneys understand the sensitive nature of domestic violence matters, and these lawyers will provide confidential advice for individuals attempting to escape their situation. Though the costs of this violence will affect the emotional, financial and physical well-being of every single victim, there are just not enough alternative resources to attend to the individual needs of every victim.

Attorneys will work together with every resource that will help victims escape their intolerable situation. Often, just being an intermediary and providing these victims with a helpful resource will greatly alleviate the stress that these individuals are under.

Source: Medill Reports, "Advocates educate medical professionals to assist victims of domestic abuse," by Jillian Singh, April 17, 2013

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