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Illinois domestic violenceAny one instance of domestic abuse is one too many, and for those residing in Illinois, the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986 (750 ILCS 60) provides the basis for protection. Generally, any instance of physical, emotional or interference with one’s personal liberty at the hand of a family or household member is a crime and will be prosecuted as such. Although often, domestic violence crimes go unreported.

The Chicago Foundation for Women is fighting to put an end to domestic violence through Illinois statute and education. If you are a victim of any type of domestic violence, the following information may prove helpful. You may also consider contacting an experienced Illinois family law attorney to discuss your legal rights under Illinois law.

Staggering Statistics

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Abusive relationships have been around as long as relationships have been around. The reason that there are more statistics about abusive relationships today, is that in the past is that the abused victims today are doing something about it. People are not taking the abuse and there are others outside of these relationships to help them get out.

LucyIt’s not easy, once you are in an abusive relationship, to get out. The best option is to stay away from abusers all together. But how do you know if your new significant other is going to abuse you? Usually, you don’t, and that’s why so many people get stuck.

DomesticViolence.org helps to explain who these abusers are and how to spot them:

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During a verbal argument in 2011, Quinzeric D. Span resorted to violence against his girlfriend.  Elgin authorities claimed that Span not only attacked his girlfriend in an Elgin residence near the 400 block of Chicago Street, but also in a car while being driven around Elgin by a third party.

This attack ended when the woman escaped the vehicle while it was stopped at a stop-light.  She ran away from her attacker at the intersection of North Grove Avenue and Seneca Street.  But she did not escape the beating unscathed.  She suffered a broken orbital bone near her eye and a perforated eardrum.

Span was taken into custody to await trial at the Kane County jail.  While he was jailed, he successfully communicated with his girlfriend over the phone.  Records show that since he was in prison, Span placed over 450 phone calls to the woman, against a court order preventing him from doing so.  Authorities claim that this was an attempt to stop her from testifying against him.

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