Domestic Violence

What Is Domestic Violence?

“Domestic violence is a crime.”  The Illinois Attorney General’s Office states: 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.

Physical violence is often what we think of when we hear the words “domestic violence” or “interpersonal violence” or “teen dating violence”.  But, domestic violence is really about power and control of another person and can take many forms. Read more about the different types of abuse by clinking on the link.

Know the facts:

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. (source: cdc.gov)
  • 41.5% of Illinois women and 25.9% of Illinois men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes. (source: cdc.gov)
  • 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. aged 60+ experienced some form of abuse in the prior year. (December 13, 2023) (source: NCEA.acl.gov)
  • 1 in 3 teens in the U.S. will experience teen dating violence before they graduate from high school. (source: loveisrespect.org)
  • 1 in 5 teens know someone who has experienced teen dating violence. (source: loveisrespect.org)
  • Boys who witness abuse are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults. (source: loveisrespect.org)


To learn additional facts about domestic violence, click on the attached brochures in English or Spanish.

Domestic violence affects everyone in every community.  We have all known someone affected by domestic violence, we just didn’t realize it.  We are mistaken to think that domestic violence is a private matter.  The impact of interpersonal violence is extremely traumatic for victims/survivors and they will always be the priority. But, we have to realize that domestic violence has societal impacts, too.  Read more by going to:  https://www.ilcadv.org/societal-impacts-of-domestic-violence/

Concerned that you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship?  Learn some of the warning signs at https://www.thehotline.org/identify-abuse/warning-signs-of-abuse/.

Find help at:

IL Domestic Violence Hotline 1-877-863-6338

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-877-863-6338
Text “START” to 1-877-863-6338 (7223)

National Teen Dating Violence Hotline 1-877-863-6338

Immediate threat – Dial 1-877-863-6338