As many of our readers have heard, through watching or reading the news, the Jodi Arias trial has our country buzzing with talk about one of the most brutal and controversial murders reported in 2013. According to news reports, Arias killed her boyfriend, Travis Alexander, by stabbing him in the abdomen and back 27 times, slitting his throat from ear to ear, and shooting him in the head. Throughout the course of the trial, psychology experts have been brought in to provide their expert opinion regarding the motives and reasoning behind Arias' bizarre actions. Among the many disturbing parts of this case include Arias' claim that she was a victim of domestic violence during her relationship with Alexander, and her murder was simply an act of self-defense. While the jury decides on the legitimacy of her claim, it is important for us to be aware of what qualifies as domestic violence, and how to leave an abusive relationship. The following describes the criteria used by Illinois law in determining domestic violence:
The lack of privacy between marriage partners was a potential problem long before the arrival of the digital age. When things go wrong between spouses and each has access to personal information about the other, opportunities for the misuse of that information are undeniable.
You've done all that you know to do to create distance between yourself and your abuser. You've ended the relationship, you've moved out, you've done everything in your power to avoid him. Yet you can't escape him. You can't help but feel nervous every time you come home alone at night. Fortunately, when the uncertainty and the harassment become too much to bear, legal measures can be taken to protect you. With the assistance of your family lawyer, you can file a petition for an order of protection. The following describes the circumstances under which an order of protection can be obtained.