News

Domestic Violence Victims and Lawyers Can Get Together without Getting Together

Domestic Violence Victims and Lawyers Can Get Together without Getting Together

Domestic violence victims often do not have access to legal help – for financial reasons, because they don’t live near such practicing lawyers, or both.

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says she is trying to solve that with the “virtual legal clinic,” in which someone can go to a shelter or other participating agency and get free legal help via video link. Simon’s office has announced the number of virtual clinics has doubled – from three to six.

Locations in Rockford, Rochelle, and Freeport join Peoria, Jacksonville, and Cairo.

“If you’re in a barroom fight, you’re probably going to be pretty anxious to prosecute the person who hit you,” says Simon of the complexity of these cases. “In domestic violence, the victim and the perpetrator often have children in common … and live together and are married and, despite the violent nature of the relationship, have many social pressures keeping them together.”

Simon’s office says 80 of Illinois’ 102 counties have five or fewer family law attorneys. 47 of those 80 have none.

 

Recent Headlines

in Local

Jacksonville Police Have “Person of Interest” in Shooting, No One in Custody

gun

Jacksonville Police say they have someone they want to interview in a shooting death from Friday morning.

in Local

Next Generation of Business Leaders Learn From an Internet Pro

computer

Dozens of area high school students spent their morning with a top executive in the social media world

in Election 2014, Local

Senate Candidates Spar Over Treatment of Veterans

durbin oberweis

Oberweis OK with veterans having an option to VA facilities

in Local

Not a Typical Morning for Some State Workers

fire

Woman saved from fire by state employees

in Local

Jacksonville Shooting Leaves One Dead

policetape

Jacksonville man is dead after a shooting near the Jacksonville School District Office