Im­mi­gra­tion crack­down in­ter­fer­ing with do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cases

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The crack­down on im­mi­gra­tion may be pre­vent­ing vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence from re­port­ing in­ci­dents to po­lice or par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pros­e­cu­tion of those charged, Kane County State’s At­tor­ney Joe Mcma­hon said.

“I have heard that has di­rectly im­pacted the num­ber of re­ports to the po­lice,” in­clud­ing vic­tims fail­ing to show up in court or fail­ing to show up on re­turn dates for or­ders of pro­tec­tion, Mcma­hon said this week dur­ing his monthly news brief­ing, ac­cord­ing to chicagotri­

He added, “That makes it dif­fi­cult to achieve jus­tice for the di­rect vic­tim and the vic­tim in gen­eral, our com­mu­nity.”

Oc­to­ber is Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Aware­ness Month, and Mcma­hon in­vited rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the county’s two do­mes­tic vi­o­lence shel­ters — The Com­mu­nity Cri­sis Cen­ter in El­gin and Mu­tual Ground in Au­rora — to talk about ef­forts to bring do­mes­tic vi­o­lence aware­ness to their com­mu­ni­ties, pro­vid­ing safe havens for vic­tims and treat­ment for of­fend­ers.

“It is a con­stant. It crosses all so­cioe­co­nomic boundaries — our most ru­ral and ur­ban ar­eas in Au­rora and El­gin, the Tri-cities and in the other part of the county,” Mcma­hon said.

Kane County pros­e­cutes 1,150 to 1,250 mis­de­meanor do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cases each year, Mcma­hon said. He said the num­ber of felony do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cases is harder to track.

There was a time that do­mes­tic vi­o­lence wasn’t pros­e­cuted as ag­gres­sively — par­tially be­cause the vic­tims may have been re­luc­tant to tes­tify or re­canted, he added.

While do­mes­tic vi­o­lence mur­der cases are rare here, it shows “how se­ri­ous do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is and how it can turn in an in­stance for some­body who wants to end a re­la­tion­ship and wants a bet­ter life for them­selves and their chil­dren”, Mcma­hon said.

“There is a lot we have learned over the years,” about the why of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, he said.

“Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is a crime of power, it is a crime of in­tim­i­da­tion and it is a crime of emo­tion,” he said.

“It is a be­lief by men that women are in­fe­rior and that they can con­trol them through ver­bal and phys­i­cal abuse and too often it ends in tragedy,” Mcma­hon con­cluded.

While women and men can be vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, women are most often the vic­tims, said Mau­reen Man­ning, di­rec­tor of client ser­vices at the cri­sis cen­ter.

“From 85 per­cent to 95 per­cent of the time, the do­mes­tic vi­o­lence we are talk­ing about is per­pe­trated by male ver­sus a fe­male,” she said.

The re­main­ing 15 per­cent to 5 per­cent in­cludes fe­male against male, Man­ning said.

The data show that one in four women and one in seven men can ex­pe­ri­ence some level of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, said Michelle Meyer, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at Mu­tual Ground.


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