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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

Commit Domestic Violence, You Can’t Play for U of Illinois
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Commit Domestic Violence, You Can’t Play for U of Illinois

College athletes are often seen as role models, but in the wake of recent scandals like the one at Baylor, certain universities are taking a strong stance on who they are going to allow to play for them.

 

The University of Illinois may be next on that list.

 

UI Plans to Ban Athletes with Domestic and Sexual Violence Histories

 

The University of Illinois is the second of the Big Ten schools – Indiana University was the first … Read More

What Makes a Domestic Violence Crime Aggravated In Illinois?
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What Makes a Domestic Violence Crime Aggravated In Illinois?

 

If you have been charged with a domestic violence crime, you need to know the extent of your charges. When does a charge of domestic violence cross over into aggravated domestic violence in Illinois? It depends on the specifics of how the crime occurred and what exactly happened.

 

Non-Aggravated Domestic Violence Charges
 

Domestic violence is classified as a misdemeanor when one person commits or threatens violence against a family or household member. Actual physical violence, threats of violence, … Read More