Domestic Violence: A Growing Problem for Generation Y

domestic violence, Aurora family law attorney, child custody, Generation Y, cycle of violence cycle of domestic violence, protection from domestic violence, violent behaviorThe incidence of domestic violence (DV) remains with us more than ever. In fact, the 2013 Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey indicated a serious spread of the problem to Generation Y, reporting that shelters are serving more women, and women with children, specifically between the ages of 18 and 32. And those who were in shelters as children are now personally seeking protection from domestic violence themselves. Sadly, these findings show how the cycle of domestic violence is ongoing.

Each year, over one million women are victims of physical assault by an “intimate partner.” However, only one in four reports the crime. And the key to the spread of domestic violence revolves in the fact that 30-60 percent of those who abuse a partner target the children as well. Noted by The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest risk factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next.” In fact, a boy who witnesses domestic violence is twice as likely, as an adult, to abuse his partner and children.

Thus the message is clear: If you are in an abusive relationship, it is essential to seek immediate help, remove any children from the situation, and ultimately acquire long-term protection. However, in regards to short-term protection, hotlines are available including The National Domestic Violence Hotline via 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) and Safe Horizon Hotline via 1-800-621-HOPE (4673).

Seeking legal protection and maintaining it are necessary to moving away from a violent and dangerous relationship, and ensuring an end to the cycle of domestic violence. If you are in a marriage where domestic violence is prevalent, and you seek legal guidance, our experienced Aurora family law attorneys at the Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C. can provide the necessary legal assistance to help you through the divorce process and assist with any child custody concerns. Contact one of our Illinois family law attorneys today at 630-409-8184.

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