Experts Predict an Increase in Domestic Violence This Holiday Season

A 35-year-old woman living in the Chicago suburbs recently accepted an offer of her dream job. She was pleasantly surprised to have been offered an upper management position in a bank. The only downside is that she will have to move to a different city. She recently met a man through online dating, and they moved in together last month. She has noticed that he is somewhat jealous and possessive of her, but she is relieved to have met a decent man with a job and without any significant red flags in his past.

She comes home, excited to tell her boyfriend about her new job opportunity. Instead of being proud of her, he becomes verbally abusive when she tells him about her need to move. Over the next few weeks, the verbal abuse gradually turns into small acts of physical violence, and then he begins hitting her. She forces him to move out, but he will not leave her alone. He continually text messages her and harasses her online. He threatens to “track her down” after she moves for her new job. She knows it is time for her to obtain an order of protection to keep herself safe.

Domestic Violence is on the Rise

The woman in the story above is not alone. Experts have predicted a rise in domestic violence cases during the holiday season. In some counties, the number of victims killed through domestic violence increased by 58% from March through October when compared to last year. People who are in abusive relationships and marriages are particularly vulnerable, regardless of their socioeconomic status.

As Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker has recently announced another round of shutdowns, fewer domestic violence victims will be able to access their safe and trusted friends and co-workers. They also have less time away from their abusers, making them even more vulnerable to deadly attacks. The increased financial pressure on people has also caused already tumultuous relationships to suffer.

Obtaining an Order of Protection in Illinois

Experts have noted that in addition to an increase in the number of domestic violence episodes, they have seen a rise in the lethality and severity of abuse. If you or your loved one has experienced domestic violence, now is the time to seek an order of protection. You do not want to wait and risk being exposed to even more dangerous and lethal violence.

An order of protection is a court order that will protect you from an abuser. In Illinois, judges can order the abuser to stay away from you and your children, to seek contact with you via phone calls, text messaging, or social media, and to move out of your shared dwelling. Obtaining an order of protection can give you peace of mind, as he will be able to call the police should your abuser violate the order of protection. When you need a lawyer, experience matters. Contact Glasgow & Olsson today to learn how we can help you obtain a protective order in Illinois.

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