domestic abuse

Madison Parr

Franny Cole’s now-estranged husband had been emotionally abusive and financially controlling. She thinks sometimes about what might have happened had she not gathered the strength to leave prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

Rachel Otwell

Across Illinois - social service providers are having to make cuts. The head of one shelter says without a state budget, its future is bleak.

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This Saturday in Springfield is a walk that will raise money for the Sojourn Shelter in Springfield, which could be forced to close because of the state's budget impasse. The walk will commemorate the life of Tamy Gomes Vasquez. She was murdered two years ago by her boyfriend.

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Those who work for Illinois organizations that provide services to survivors of domestic violence say the fact that there’s no funding for them in the soon-to-expire state spending plan was an unfortunate surprise.

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Each year, hundreds of thousands of children in the U.S. are the victims of domestic abuse. Some die at the hands of the people who are supposed to protect them. That's what happened to Maxwell, he was two when he died after a history of neglect and abuse that was never adequately addressed. He left behind a family who will never forget him, and a sister who has worked to cope with his passing.