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Illinois Domestic Violence: Does It Really Increase in the Summer?
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Illinois Domestic Violence: Does It Really Increase in the Summer?

 

Do acts of domestic violence occur more frequently in the summer? In this post, we’ll provide research looking into this very question and let you know how to get help if you are facing charges.

 

Domestic Violence Over the Summer in Illinois – What We Know and What Experts Think

 

Evidence is mixed on whether domestic violence increases during the summer months. Let’s look at both the known facts and possible contributing factors.

 

Facts about domestic … Read More

Morocco Omari and the Stigma of Chicago Domestic Battery Charges
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Morocco Omari and the Stigma of Chicago Domestic Battery Charges

Former Empire actor Morocco Omari recently fought a battle with domestic violence charges. What happened?

 

Omari, 46, was arrested in April 2017 for misdemeanor domestic battery. That month, a 24-year-old woman who claimed to be Omari’s girlfriend told police that he had pushed her during an argument and caused injuries.

 

The woman is from North Carolina and was visiting Chicago for the first time in April 2017. She claimed he assaulted her after she insulted him in his … Read More

New Bill Would Make Custody Harder for Domestic Violence Offenders
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New Bill Would Make Custody Harder for Domestic Violence Offenders

Nearly everyone agrees in principle that child custody should be awarded with the safety and best interests of the child at heart. However, in practice, child custody cases are often complex and fraught with gray areas, meaning that blanket policies may be counterproductive to individual cases.

 

New legislation proposed by Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX-02), who is the co-founder of the Victims’ Rights Caucus, is intended to prioritize child safety in custody and visitation adjudications. This legislation would make child … Read More

No Illinois Domestic Violence Charges for Jennifer Hudson’s Ex
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No Illinois Domestic Violence Charges for Jennifer Hudson’s Ex

Former American Idol star Jennifer Hudson recently dropped a protection order she filed against her ex-fiance David Otunga, and reports say the two are now focused on doing what’s best for their child. What happened?

 

Back in November of 2017, Hudson filed a protective order against Otunga for alleged threats and harassment, including pushing her. However, a police investigation cleared Otunga of the charges, and Hudson dropped the emergency order of protection against him two weeks after it was … Read More

Linking Domestic Violence to Mass Murder in Illinois Is a Mistake
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Linking Domestic Violence to Mass Murder in Illinois Is a Mistake

With several national incidents of mass murders in the headlines this year, a number of reports have appeared alleging that domestic violence is a precursor to mass shootings. The histories of many of the shooters would seem to support this.

 

Devin Patrick Kelley, the man who killed 26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas in November 2017, had a history of domestic violence. In 2012, he was convicted on charges of domestic violence and was dishonorably discharged from the Air … Read More