Previous posts here have discussed how a Lake County resident, or anyone in the greater Chicago area, who has been the victim of domestic violence can get help by going to court and getting a restraining order. If granted, a restraining order will require the perpetrator to stay away from the victim and, if it is violated, gives police the power to make an arrest, even if no further domestic violence actually occurs.
Although it might not involve any actual violence or even verbal abuse, "stalking" entails a person doing certain things to let the victim know that he or she is always there and watching them. It is a behavior designed to intimidate and cause a victim to fear for his or her safety, and is thus a form of emotional abuse.
Throughout the United States, including the Lake County, Illinois, area, incidents of domestic violence are, unfortunately, not uncommon. In fact, the statistics show that incidents may be more common than most of us are aware, accounting for more injuries to women than car accidents and muggings combined.
Domestic violence is a serious issue in Waukegan. Young or old, married or in an unmarried relationship, those going through a divorce, with children or without, domestic violence has the capacity to affect many people in Illinois. Even if one isn't a victim of abuse, they may know of someone who is. It is important, then, to understand what remedies are available for victims of domestic violence.
Sometimes it may not seem so obvious why a person in Illinois remains in an abusive relationship. However, simply packing up and leaving is not always so easy. This is because, in addition to the emotional abuse and physical abuse the victim has suffered, the abuser often exercises a certain amount of control over the victim, including financial control.
The stopgap budget passed in in Illinois in 2016 may be a band-aid on what is a deeper issue, but it did not allocate any funds to domestic violence programs. This is a very dangerous situation, as often victims of domestic violence are facing life or death situations. Without the appropriate programs available, many domestic violence victims would be unable to leave their abuser, a situation no one in Illinois should be forced to be in.
Domestic abuse comes in many shapes and sizes. It includes physical abuse, emotional abuse and financial abuse, among other types of abuse. Being stuck in an abusive relationship can be toxic to a person's well-being, but victims of domestic abuse in Illinois may fear leaving their relationship or may believe there is no way out.
It is an unfortunate reality that certain relationships in Illinois go beyond simple disagreements and become aggressive and violent. Domestic violence is something that can cause significant damage to a family and lead to long-term issues and emotional distress for the victims. If a couple is no longer together, one spouse might be accused of stalking the other. State law has certain steps that a victim can take, including a stalking no contact order. Understanding what is in this order is imperative to provide protection and make certain there are no violations.
Domestic violence happens all too often in Illinois and across the entire U.S. While there are many ways in which abuse can take place, such as physical abuse and emotional abuse, those who are victimized might not know what they can do to put a stop to it. Fear and the misapplied belief that law enforcement or the legal system can only stop the problem for a brief time might lead to a person who should seek help choosing not to do so. Understanding how a protective order can help is the first step to pursuing such a remedy.
When a person in Illinois is being subjected to spousal abuse, it can take a great number of different forms. In some instances, the alleged abuser will take to stalking. This is against the law, and those who are facing it should be aware of what the law says about it and how they can combat it. There are strategies that can be taken within the law to put a stop to this form of abuse whether it is stalking in person or online stalking.