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Domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors–including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion–used by one intimate partner against another (adult or adolescent) to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Batterers use of a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, often injure, and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner.

If you are in immediate danger, please:

  • Call 911

  • Contact your local toll free hotline: 800-924-0096 or https://www.vpcswi.org/

  • Call the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or TTY 1-800-787-3224

  • Call, text or chat Love Is Respect—the U.S. National Teen Dating Violence Helpline: 1-866-331-9474 or TTY 1-866-331-8453, text "loveis" to 77054 or live chat at http://www.loveisrespect.org

  • Call the U.S. National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE), which automatically connects you to a local U.S. rape crisis program based on the area code of your phone number


• In 2014,almost 65,800 intimate violence incidents were reported to Illinois law enforcement. Many others went unreported.i
• In between July 2013 and June 2014, there were 84 domestic violence-related deaths in Illinois, including 15 children.ii

• 26.9% of domestic violence homicides were committed with firearms, significantly less than the nationwide rate.iii 

• Illinois has strong laws to protect victims and survivors of domestic violence from gun homicides, including:

* prohibiting people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, dating violence and/or stalking from owning firearms
* prohibiting abusers subject to temporary protective orders from owning firearms requiring perpetrators to actively relinquish weapons to a ‘qualified person’
* requiring firearms purchasers to first obtain a permit from the state. A purchaser must pass a background check
* before being issued a permit.iv


• 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.v
• On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 21,000 calls, an average of close to 15 calls every minute.vi
• Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.vii
• The presence of a gun in the home during a domestic violence incident increases the risk of homicide by at least 500%.viii
• 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 94% of the victims of these crimes are female.ix

i Illinois State Police (2015). Crime in Illinois: 2014. Retrieved from http://www.isp.state.il.us/docs/cii/cii14/cii14_SectionII_Pg243_to_248.pdf.
ii Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (2014). FY14 domestic violence homicide report. Retrieved from http://www.ilcadv.org/HomicideReportFY14.pdf.
iii Center for American Progress and Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (2014). Fact sheet: Illinois domestic violence and guns. Retrieved from https://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/CAP-DV-IL-copy.pdf.
iv Ibid.
v Black, M.C., Basile, K.C., Breiding, M.J., Smith, S.G., Walters, M.L., Merrick, M.T., Chen, J., & Stevens, M. (2011). The national intimate partner and sexual violence survey: 2010 summary report. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs_report2010-a.pdf.
vi National Network to End Domestic Violence (2015). 2014 domestic violence counts: A 24-hour census of domestic violence shelters and services. Retrieved from http://nnedv.org/downloads/Census/DVCounts2014/DVCounts14_NatlSummary_Color-2.pdf.
vii Truman, J. & Morgan, R. (2014). Nonfatal domestic violence, 2003-2012. Retrieved from http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/ndv0312.pdf.
viii Campbell, J.C., Webster, D., Koziol-McLain, J., Block, C., Campbell, D., Curry, M. A., Gary, F., Glass, N., McFarlane, J., Sachs, C., Sharps, P., Ulrich, Y., Wilt, S., Manganello, J., Xu, X., Schollenberger, J., Frye, V., & Lauphon, K. (2003). Risk factors for femicide in abusive relationships: Results from a multisite case control study. American Journal of Public Health, 93(7), 1089-1097.
ix Violence Policy Center. (2012). American roulette: Murder-suicide in the United States. Retrieved from www.vpc.org/studies/amroul2012.pdf.



Randolph County Health Department 2018 Walk-in Flu Clinics

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