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Students dance to bring awareness to domestic violence

There are many instances of domestic violence in Illinois each year. The abuse can be in the form of emotional or physical abuse and could be towards spouses, significant others or children. These occurrences could have devastating consequences for the victim and the family as a whole. For many, it can be embarrassing and they do not tell anyone about it. Furthermore, it is often the case that the victim is scared of the possible retaliation if they ever tell someone about it. So the biggest hurdle to stopping domestic violence is the first step of telling someone about it.

This is one of the main reasons that a group of high school students participated in the One Billion Rising event. The event uses dancing and music to bring awareness to the issue of domestic violence. The dance team at the high school performed and people shared stories of their own abusive situations.

Students were also given statistics about how widespread domestic violence is in our society. The event organizers said that there goal was to bring awareness to domestic violence and help give people strength to get out of abusive situations.

Once a victim is able to find the strength to get out of an abusive relationship, there are ways they can help ensure that the abuser is not able to abuse them again. People can seek orders for protection, which are restraining orders prohibiting an abuser, usually a significant other, from having any contact with the victim. They prohibit abusers from coming within a certain distance of the victim's home or workplace and can make it crime to call, text or even email the victim. In Illinois, there are three different kinds of orders of protection depending on how long the order is needed.

Unfortunately, there are many people in Illinois who are in abusive situations. There are ways for victims to help ensure that the abuser is not able to come near them though. Help, guidance and options are available, which could significantly assist the victim and help them understand the process and whether they have any causes of action.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, "Pasco students stand up to domestic violence" Megan Hussey, Feb. 21, 2014

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