According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “[o]n average, nearly 20 people per minute are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.” (www.ncadv.org). However, physical violence is not the only form of abuse that is perpetrated against victims. In Illinois under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, “abuse” means physical abuse, harassment, intimidation of dependent, interference with personal liberty or willful deprivation. While you should always contact the police if you fear for your safety, we can represent you in a civil order of protection case if you are victim of domestic abuse or defend a petition that has been frivolously brought against you.