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paddle-bdsm-50-shades.jpgAuthor EL James was relatively unknown until 2011 when her book, 50 Shades of Grey, became a best-seller almost overnight. Since this initial spike in popularity, her trilogy has been turned into two movies. The second movie in the trilogy, 50 Shades Darker, was released about a week ago. Countless people purchased tickets to the film in advance and were excited to watch it. Others, however, vehemently decry the entire 50 Shades franchise as the glorification of domestic violence.

Promoting Domestic Violence?

Critics of the series claim that many of the main character’s behaviors are abusive and send a dangerous message to women. For example, the main character, Christian Grey, often threatens and intimidates his love interest, Ana, throughout the series. When Ana mentions leaving him, he replies "I would find you. I can track your cell phone, remember?" Ana also expresses fear of Christian many times. "He'd probably like to beat seven shades of (expletive) out of me…” Another part of the book that disturbs critics depicts Christian verbally berating Ana. When Ana confesses that she is pregnant with Christian’s child, he responds with anger and violence.

Geneva domestic violence attorneyIt is a fairly common occurrence in salons and beauty shops across the country. A client—usually a woman—sits down to get her hair cut, colored, or styled by a person with whom she has developed a friendly relationship. They get to talking, and gradually, the client becomes comfortable enough to start sharing very personal details about her life—things she may not be willing to tell anyone else. Sometimes, these details are relatively harmless, such as a playful crush on a celebrity. In other cases, however, a client may share, directly or indirectly, that she has been the victim of domestic violence.

In the past, many stylists and beauty professionals may have felt ill-equipped to handle such situations. Thanks to a new law in Illinois, however, they will soon be able to offer help and resources to clients in need of protection.

A Big Step Forward

Geneva family law attorneyOctober is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, domestic violence is defined as “the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.” Domestic violence not only includes physical abuse like hitting, punching, kicking, and slapping but also psychological abuse. Psychological abuse or emotional abuse can include behaviors such threatening, controlling, isolating, mocking, stalking, and intimidating a partner.

Domestic Violence Can Happen to Anyone

Domestic violence affects people of all genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities and socioeconomic statuses. Often, when one imagines a victim of domestic violence, a woman comes to mind.  However, men are almost as likely to be victims of violence at the hand of a partner as women are.  On average, one out of every three women and one out of every four men are victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives.

domestic violence, Kane County family law attorneyAccusations of domestic violence are all too common in family law cases. While there is no doubting the serious problem of domestic violence among families in Illinois, sometimes the accusations are not true. If you have been accused of domestic violence, you need to understand what you can do in family court to defend yourself.

Protective Orders and Temporary Restraining Orders

Victims of domestic violence in Illinois are able to apply for a protective order or a temporary restraining order without any advance notice to the alleged abuser. The judge will issue the order if the victim’s application meets all of the legal requirements.

false allegations, domestic abuse, Geneva family law attorneyThere is absolutely no question that domestic violence continues to be a major problem in today’s American society. In fact, there are a number of studies that suggest that the issue may be even more serious than previously acknowledged, including severely underreported cases involving male domestic abuse victims. The physical, psychological, and emotional damage caused by violence against an intimate partner or family member can rise to tragic levels, often requiring years of recovery if and when a victim can escape an abusive situation. It is for exactly these reasons that intentionally false allegations of domestic violence are so disturbing, and such allegations can substantially affect the outcome of family-related legal concerns.

Impact to the Falsely Accused

Under Illinois law, an emergency order of protection can be issued by a judge based solely on the testimony of a victim. In a situation where actual violence or the threat of violence, this is entirely necessary. However, when a parent or spouse brings false allegations of violence before the court, an emergency order of protection can affect a completely innocent person. Depending upon the details included in the claim, the order can potentially prevent the accused from remaining in his or her home, seeing his or her children, or even going about the normal business of daily living. An emergency order of protection can remain in effect for up to 30 days, or until a re-hearing on the matter can be scheduled, whichever comes first.

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