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After a trying year due to COVID-19, many people are looking forward to 2021 with a vaccine being distributed throughout the country. However, there is growing concern that there could be a pandemic within the pandemic. Reports of domestic abuse have increased during the months of 2020. With much of the country’s workforce laid off or working remotely from home, and the uncertainty of the virus, tensions in many households have run high. Although stay-at-home orders issued at the start of the health crisis were intended to protect the public and prevent widespread infection, they left many victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) trapped with their abusers. However, they do have options for protecting themselves and their children. 

Illinois Orders of Protection 

Those who are subjected to abuse or harassment can take legal action against their abusers. Orders of protection, also known as restraining orders, are typically sought by domestic violence victims. Under Illinois law, emergency orders can be obtained immediately and may last up to 21 days. Plenary orders can last up to two years but may be extended in certain situations. If someone fears for their safety or that of their children, then it is critical to seek help and take steps to get out of the dangerous situation.  


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, domestic violence victims, Geneva family law attorney, intimate partner violence, pot smoking couples, rates of domestic violenceStudies have linked substance abuse to domestic violence, and this type of abuse can lead to an increase in the divorce rate, as many victims of domestic violence leave their spouses. However, a new study surprisingly revealed a decrease in domestic violence for spouses who frequently use marijuana.

The study was conducted by researchers from Rutgers University, the University of Buffalo and Yale University. The goal of the survey was to measure how marijuana use affected rates of intimate partner violence (IPV). For the purpose of the study, the research team identified hitting, slapping, choking, and beating as intimate partner violence.

The study measured the frequency of marijuana use by asking participants how often they used the drug in the previous year. Included in the answers that fell into the classification of marijuana were grass, pot, reefer, weed, hash and hash oil. Survey participants were also required to share details of any other drugs they may have used, including alcohol.

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