Many people in Lake County and the rest of the greater Chicago area might not want to contact the police after their spouse or significant other physically or otherwise abuses them. For those who do take the courageous step of speaking up for themselves, it may be hard to understand what the police can and cannot do when they respond to reports of domestic violence.
A previous post here discussed how, under Illinois law, a person need not be a victim of actual physical abuse in order to obtain a restraining order. Under the right circumstances, a person can still get a restraining order against a partner or former partner who engages in behavior that would best be described as "emotional abuse."
Previous posts here have discussed how an Illinois resident or someone else in the greater Chicago area who has been abused in some way may be able to get a restraining order from a court which prevents the abuser, even if he or she is a spouse or former spouse, from being around the victim and continuing to inflict abuse. Restraining orders can also be a valuable tool for ensuring the safety of children, especially since they can address important child custody questions.
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.