Downs Law Offices
Call Us To Schedule Your Consultation: 312-767-4422
Menu Contact

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.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Do You Want to Work with an Attorney Who Knows How to Move Past Conflict & Settle Cases?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Call Us To Schedule Your Consultation

By Appointment Only

Wheaton Office
2100 Manchester Road
Wheaton, IL 60187

Phone: 312-767-4422
Map & Directions

Chicago Office
20 S. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60606

Map & Directions

Oak Park Office
924 N. Euclid Ave
Oak Park, IL 60301

Map & Directions