It's a very tragic topic-- domestic violence.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
And Megan Duesterhaus with QUANADA in Quincy says that in recent years Illinois has made some significant strides to protect victim's of abuse.
Duesterhaus says in 2008 Illinois passed a law to tag domestic violent offenders with GPS tracking devices.
The abusers' victim then gets a monitor that will alert them if their attacker is in the area.
Duesterhaus says the addition of GPS trackers has made a significant impact on domestic violence.
"This is law enforcement and the justice administrations way of holding offenders more accountable. Because if they have served their time or paid their fines, but it's suspected they are going to re-offend, it's an option to keep people safe," said Duesterhaus/
Duesterhaus says QUANADA is drawing attention to the issue by posting over 100 silhouette signs in its yard to remind passerby's of just how many people are victims of abuse in our area.
And if you feel like you may know someone who is a victim of abuse, Duesterhaus says bruises usually aren't the first red flag.
"Usually you don't see the bruises first it's usually things like that person doesn't have any control over household finances, or that person's not allowed to go anywhere un chaperoned, basically without the abuser or they start pulling back and not talking to family or friends because the abuser is isolating and manipulating them," said Duesterhaus.
(For more signs that you or someone you know could be in a violent relationship click here.)
Duesterhaus says unfortunately it's difficult to approach a victim, and often times they have to be the one who decides to talk about it, or when to get help.
But she says you can call QUANADA at any time and they will help you figure out the best way to handle the situation.
For more information about QUANADA and their services click here.
QUANADA serves 5 counties: Adams, Brown, Hancock, Schuyler, and Pike.
Our main office is in Quincy, Illinois. We have satellite offices in Pittsfield, Rushville, and Mt. Sterling.
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