This is a shot from the entrance to one of the Cook County Domestic Violence courthouses. After the horrors of this week’s shooting at Mercy General Hospital, it feels incredibly appropriate.
Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime. In the Mercy General shooting, there appears to be a similar correlation, as the primary victim of the shooter’s rage was his ex-fiancé, Dr. Tamara O’Neal.
Whatever drove the shooter to embark on his rage-induced rampage, one thing we must admit to is the striking amount of these sorts of crimes where domestic abuse, neglect, anger, or violence results in these tragedies. This tends to be worse around the holidays, and the problem only gets worse if the victim doesn’t have a family or other support network to help them.
Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55% and 85% of people who had been physically abused by their partners did not contact non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help. Of those who actually did, many cited a family member or friend intervening as their reason for finally seeking aid.
Organizations that provide help to abuse victims are in every state and every city. One great resource is the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE), which can help victims of abuse, or family or friends of victims find resources in their area to help. There is also the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, 1-800-537-2238, and Futures Without Violence: The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, 1-888-792-2873, who can help. If you or a loved one is suffering, please reach out...there are many folks who can and want to help. Stay safe out there. #chicagojpg #eyeinthechi #chicity_shots #artofchi #agameoftones #streetlife_award #justgoshoot #wu_chicago #igchicago #ig_brilliant #insta_chicago #igerschicago #worldunion #yourshotphotographer #your_worldcaptures #resist #earthpix #goxplr #likechicago #chicagoshot #domesticviolence #9vaga_urban9 #ig_chicagoland #affair_weekly #flippinchi #choosechicago #natgeo #metro_affair #lawyerlife #mychicagopix