Community must help the survivors
The numbers are staggering. One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. The Illinois State Police reported 115,000 domestic crimes in 2009, the vast of majority of which were violent crimes and 40 of which were murders. Last year Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence provided services to over 44,000 adults and over 8,700 children in the form of shelter, counseling and advocacy. While the number of crimes is increasing, the funds available to assist survivors are shrinking.