This means that it could probably happen to someone you know.
According to Emory University School of Medicine, “intimate partner violence” kills nearly 1,300 and injures 2 million each year in the United States.
And domestic violence has been said to be a pandemic as part of the COVID-19 crisis.
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âWe have seen a dramatic increase in the number of people calling the hotline either by text message or by calling our virtual chat. We have a 16% increase in calls to the Illinois domestic violence hotline and a more than 2,500% increase in chats. And it just hasn’t diminished over time, âsaid Amanda Pyron, executive director of The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence. “These numbers have remained constant from March 2020 until yesterday. We still see an increase in calls for security support and planning and for shelter. People need a safe place to go when they are fleeing violence. and these calls continue to escalate to the hotline. “
So what are the signs that a relationship can be dangerous?
âI think one of the easiest warning signs to notice is your own feeling, right? If you don’t feel safe in a relationship, that’s a huge red flag. you start doubting yourself, doubting what you are thinking or feeling, doubting that something is even real, that is something to be worried about. Not everyone feels unsafe in their relationship. questioning your partner’s behavior is not normal, so pay attention to your own signs first, âPyron said.
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Once a person feels they might be in danger and might want to leave, they can make a safety plan.
Lisa Horne, director of the domestic violence program at the Family Shelter Service of Metropolitan Family Services at DuPage, explains some of the questions they start with for those looking to leave.
“Are we really talking about their means?” Do they have a car? Do they have a means of transport? Do they have access to money? We want to know their support system. a friend who could help them out of the situation if that’s what they want to do? Horne said.
Children are sometimes involved too.
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âI just think it’s very important that we involve the kids. So many parents really want to protect their kids, and I understand that. But it’s really important that kids can figure out how to protect themselves. Who are the safe people? ? Do they know how to call 911? Do they know the safe neighbor they could run to for help if that is what they need, “said Horne.” So it is very important to have these conversations with the kids and not to leave them outside of that. “
Family Shelter Service also offers individualized services for children, but they work closely with families.
âWe really think it’s important that this happens to the family, and we treat the whole family,â Horne said.
Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-877-863-6338
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