Older women in Illinois are just as vulnerable to domestic violence as younger women. In fact, studies have shown that the majority of women murdered by their husbands are over the age of 40. In some cases, the abuse started later in the relationship; in others, the abuse went on for years or even decades.
Why do older women often end up trapped in abusive relationships?
For some women, the domestic violence started later in their relationship when they already thought they knew everything about their husband. When this happens, they’re more likely to tell themselves that the abuse is temporary and that their spouse is merely in a bad mood. The man introduces abuse into the relationship so gradually that the woman doesn’t know what’s going on until it’s too late.
Additionally, some women suffer from domestic abuse throughout the entire relationship. They might be manipulated to believe that they cause the abuse to happen and their spouse only beats them because he is provoked. Some women start to question their self-worth, which makes them even less likely to leave the relationship. If they have children or grandchildren, they might also feel pressured to stay so that they don’t break up their family.
Can an attorney help someone who’s been accused of domestic violence?
When an individual has been accused of violence or assault, they may want to call an attorney immediately. If they don’t, the matter might escalate until they lose control of the situation.
An attorney may be able to help their client defend themselves in court and present their side of the story. The attorney might also help their client protect their reputation by poking holes in the prosecution’s case.