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Has COVID-19 Led to an Increase in Reports of Domestic Abuse?

 Posted on February 28, 2021 in Domestic Violence

IL criminal lawyerFebruary is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, which brings to light domestic abuse issues. This past year has been difficult for many people due to the health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19. Unfortunately, this hardship has led to more reports of domestic violence in U.S. households. Spouses or romantic partners who have lost relatives to the virus or who are facing financial crisis due to a job loss may take out their anger and frustrations on each other. Arguments are normal within relationships, but when disputes turn to physical altercations, criminal charges can be filed. In some cases, however, a person may be falsely accused of abuse by a family or household member. If you are facing charges of domestic violence in Illinois, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney to help you avoid a conviction.

Accusations of Violence

Uncertain and trying times like what Americans experienced in 2020 after the coronavirus spread throughout the country can take their toll on even the most optimistic people. The stress of being quarantined can put stress on any couple, leading to allegations of domestic violence, which is a crime in Illinois. It is defined as violent or aggressive behavior within the home, typically involving a spouse or partner. Anyone who hits, kicks, chokes, harasses, threatens, or interferes with the personal liberty of another family or household member has committed this offense. Under Illinois law, family or household members are considered those related by blood or people who are married or were married at one time.

Alleged acts of domestic abuse can take any of the following forms:

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Financial
  • Spiritual
  • Sexual

Defenses Against Domestic Abuse

There can be several possible defense strategies against a domestic violence charge. In some situations, it can be based on a case of mistaken identity, where the wrong person is accused. Other incidents of alleged abuse can actually simply be made because a disgruntled lover wants to seek revenge. In some cases, an experienced criminal defense attorney can prove lack of intent, self-defense, and defense of others, insanity, or lack of probable cause.

Contact a Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney

Allegations of domestic abuse can turn your life upside down. If convicted of this crime, you could be facing stiff penalties, including time behind bars. At Luisi Legal Group, we have over 15 years of legal experience defending clients who are in legal trouble. Our tenacious Cook County criminal defense lawyers believe everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and we will protect your rights every step of the way. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call our office today at 773-276-5541.





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