Domestic violence and domestic battery are emotionally charged issues. If you or someone you care about has been a victim of domestic violence and/or domestic battery, it is essential that you seek guidance from a compassionate Cook County attorney who can guide you through this process. At O’Donnell & Associates, Ltd., we have the experience and empathy you need to move through this difficult time and get on with your life.

Domestic Violence Overview

Domestic violence, also referred to as intimate partner violence, takes place when an individual causes emotional, psychological, or physical harm to their current or former intimate partner. While some people may fear that there is a stigma attached to reporting domestic violence, they should never let this fear get in the way of seeking help. In reality, domestic violence is a problem that crosses all boundaries; unfortunately, it occurs in all socioeconomic groups, cultural groups, and in same-sex relationships as well as heterosexual ones regardless of education level.

Relevant Legislation

The Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986 as well as recent Supreme Court rulings in the state of Illinois ensure that victims of domestic violence will be protected by the police and that the perpetrators of the abuse can be brought to justice. The Illinois Elder Abuse and Neglect Act protects the anonymity of reporters of domestic violence, allowing you to speak up if you see violence between others without fearing repercussions.

O’Donnell & Associates Can Help

If you are the victim of domestic abuse or someone you love has been abused, you should first seek help from the police or other authority to ensure the safety of the person abused. Once you are safe and out of the dangerous situation, it is in your best interest to seek guidance from an experienced and local Cook County family law and domestic abuse lawyer. We know the family legal system and can help you protect yourself both immediately, possibly through a protective order, and in the long term if you choose to seek divorce or make other arrangements later.

At O’Donnell & Associates, Ltd., we take pride in the reputation we have built over the past 35 years. We have not only the knowledge and experience you need at this time, but the compassion and commitment to our clients that will make this process as calm and smooth as possible. You can be confident that you will work with an actual attorney, not a secretary or paralegal, and that your concerns and questions will be addressed promptly.

We provide quality legal representation to domestic violence and domestic battery clients in DuPage, Kane, McHenry, Lake, and Cook Counties including the areas of Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights, Elgin, Barrington, Des Plaines, Hoffman Estates, Mount Prospect, Chicago, Woodstock, McHenry, Geneva, Carpentersville, Waukegan and Wheaton. Contact us today to schedule a consultation; night and weekend appointments are available.