All people are unique. Some are considerate of others, some are self-centered, some are peaceful, and some can be violent. Being physically violent is a quality that can develop, so it is possible to meet someone who is kind and courteous and later begins acting violently. Other factors can also influence it. Someone who is typically a peaceful person can become violent as a response to stress or frustration or under the influence of drugs and alcohol. None of this excuses abusive behavior, but it can help explain how someone can find themself in an abusive relationship. When the abusive person is your spouse, and your home stops being the safe space you need it to be, your daily life can become frightening and stressful. If you are a victim of domestic abuse, speak to a compassionate Wheaton, IL, family law attorney to see how you can protect yourself with the backing of the law.