June is LGBTQ+ awareness month, so what better time to address a growing problem among same-sex couples? Recent research shows that members of the LGBTQ+ community experience domestic violence at a similar or higher rate than heterosexual couples and that 18 percent of reported incidents of intimate partner violence or IPV increased following the pandemic. At [[title]], our priority is to protect the rights of our clients while also recognizing the harm caused to others.
Who Can Be Responsible for Domestic Violence
When it comes to family conflict, same-sex couples face similar problems as heterosexual couples. Domestic violence occurs between people who are or have been in a close relationship. Often it involves emotional, sexual, and physical abuse. If someone threatens, stalks, or harasses someone else, it can be deemed domestic violence. Research shows that cases involving severe violence are higher among same-sex relationships. If you fear for your life it is important to seek protection. In Illinois, a person has a right to file an order of protection against the following people:
- Family member
- The person with whom you share a child
- A caregiver
- A boyfriend or girlfriend
Facing Charges and Protecting Your Rights
It is important to understand that domestic violence is a serious crime, and seeking counseling alone may not be enough to avoid a conviction. If this is your first offense, we will work closely with the prosecutor to advocate for your rights and attempt to remove the automatic restrictions that you may face. It is important to note that seeking counseling and taking responsibility for your actions can also be taken into consideration during the legal process. Here are some ways a qualified attorney can help if you are facing domestic violence charges:
If you are facing misdemeanor or felony domestic battery charges, we can help you understand the charges and potential consequences, and work to build a strong defense on your behalf. We can also provide guidance if you have been accused of violating an order of protection.
If you are falsely accused of child abuse or domestic violence, that can have long-lasting consequences. We can work to defend your rights and reputation, and help you navigate the legal process. We can also assist with sexual assault charges, which are complex and require a skilled attorney to defend against.
If your rights to see your children are being limited, we can help you understand your options and advocate for your rights as a parent.
Contact an Elgin, IL Criminal Defense Lawyer
No matter what charges involving domestic violence you may be facing, [[title]] is here to help you protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome for your case. An experienced Kane County criminal defense attorney can explain the next steps. Call [[phone]] for a free consultation.