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Everyone deserves to live without fear of being assaulted, threatened or abused (physically or psychologically) by a partner. However, domestic violence unfortunately exists, is all too common, and has no regard for age, gender or social status. For more than 30 years, domestic violence lawyer, Joseph Younes and his team of personal injury attorneys have led the charge to defend the most vulnerable and powerless. If you’ve been the victim of domestic violence, let us fight for you!

Domestic Violence and Intimate Partner Violence in Numbers

Domestic violence is an often occurrence, but despite this, most cases get unreported. According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, intimate partner violence impacts more than 12 million people in the U.S every year.


Even more startling, more than 35.6% of women and 28.5% of men have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner. A household member’s act or repeated incidents of conduct intended to cause physical injuries may constitute domestic violence, but these aggressions are not limited to such acts. Nearly half of all U.S. individuals have endured some form of psychological aggression by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.

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What are the 3 Phases in the Domestic Violence Cycle?

Though there are many facets of domestic violence, ultimately, the overarching goal for the abuser is to maintain power and control over their victim.

Tension-Building Phase

During this phase, the perpetrator attempts to exercise control over their victim. Irritable and unpredictable, this behavior may be manifested in the form of verbal abuse and/or intimidation.

Acting-Out Phase

Considered the most dangerous phase, the abuser’s intent is to repossess their victim by exerting physical harm and/or “lashing out” in the form of extreme emotional abuse.

Honeymoon Phase

After having assaulted someone they claim to love, the abuser may insincerely show remorse, ask for forgiveness, and promise to never again do what they did to the victim. By doing so, the abuser creates a false sense of security for the victim so that the cycle starts over.

Psychological Ramifications of Domestic Violence

Even in the absence of physical injuries, domestic violence can have long-term psychological effects for survivors. Such conditions may include:

  • Anxiety;
  • Depression;
  • Triggered panic attacks;
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
  • Increased suicidal intentions;
  • Increased risk of substance abuse.
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What Evidence Should be Collected in a Domestic Violence Case?

Gathering evidence may be one of your first steps to solidify a claim, however, this should be done without exposing yourself to additional harm.

  • Take photos that expose physical abuse such as bruises, injuries, and/or scars;
  • Screen capture and/or record text messages, emails, and/or voicemail messages that demonstrate verbal and/or emotional abuse;
  • Call local law enforcement for immediate assistance. A domestic violence incident will be then be documented.

Enlist a Chicago Domestic Violence Attorney Who Listens to You

Regardless of any arrest, criminal charges, or convictions of your abuser, you may pursue compensation for short-term and long-term injuries by filing a lawsuit or completing a claim through Illinois State’s programs.

Looking for a Chicago Domestic Violence Attorney? At the Law Offices of Joseph Younes P.C., we’re well-versed in Illinois domestic violence and family law, and we’re here to help you get the order of protection against criminal defense and obtain the settlement/verdict you deserve. Call us now at (312) 802 1122.

Frequently Asked Questions

Domestic violence is a crime.

Any person who hits, chokes, kicks, threatens, harasses, or interferes with the personal liberty of another family or household member has broken Illinois Domestic Violence law.

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