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Lombard domestic violence attorneyDomestic violence cases are, unfortunately, all too common in Illinois. Thousands of Americans are affected by domestic violence each day, and the harmful consequences of do not stop after a victim has been separated from an abuser. Unfortunate after-effects such as low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, and post-traumatic stress disorder often plague victims for years after being abused. For this reason, it is important that victims seek help if they are dealing with domestic violence.

Fortunately, victims of domestic violence in Illinois are able obtain an order of protection or a restraining order to get themselves out of harm's way. Many victims, however, suffer silently, afraid or unable to report the abuse inflicted against them. Below are many alarming statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence on the current state of domestic violence in America. Keep in mind that many victims do not report the domestic violence they experience, so many of these numbers may actually be higher.  

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domestic violence programThe Chicago Police Department responds to almost 500 domestic violence calls every day. In 2013, approximately 1,500 of those calls involved aggravated domestic battery, where the abuser attacked his or her victim with a gun, knife, or other dangerous weapon.

The City of Chicago recently expanded a pilot domestic violence program that has been in effect since last year. The program takes a more proactive response approach by police, prosecutors and social services agencies and providers.

The program was first introduced to the Chicago Police Department’s 14th Division. The aim of the program is to enable law enforcement to identify households which may be at an elevated risk of domestic violence and serious injuries in order to coordinate a rapid response. An assessment form was developed which asks questions that help determine if a victim is at elevated risk of injury. Patrol officers use these assessment forms when responding to domestic violence calls. If the victim’s answers indicate a serious risk, the department has put protocols in place which activates an immediate investigation.

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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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