Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior that occurs between family members or intimate partners, used to gain or maintain power and control. It takes many forms and can happen once in a while or all the time. It does not discriminate and may take the form of threats, physical attacks, rapes, or sexual assaults directed at the victim, the victim's children, family members, or property. It crosses ethnic, racial, age, national origin, religious, and socioeconomic lines.
Often, the frame of reference for describing abuse is the Power and Control Wheel, first developed by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth, MN. The wheel serves as a diagram of tactics that an abusive partner uses to keep their victims in a relationship. The inside of the wheel is made up of subtle, continual behaviors over time, while the outer ring represents physical and sexual violence. Abusive actions like those depicted in the outer ring often reinforce the regular use of other, more subtle methods found in the inner ring.
The complexities of relationship abuse can never be summarized completely in a single diagram, but the Power and Control Wheel presents a useful lens through which to examine domestic violence. Learn more about how to identify abuse on the National Domestic Violence Hotline website.
Domestic violence should never happen to anyone. Not ever. Not even once. Period. But it does. If you are a victim of domestic violence or afraid you may become a victim there is help. The Huntley Police Department will conduct follow-up contacts with victims of domestic violence within 48 hours of the initial police call. Victims will be contacted by our Police Social Worker and given resources available for obtaining orders of protection, counseling services, and area shelters to name a few. Victims are encouraged to contact county agencies to assist them in getting help and stopping the violence.
|Community Crisis Center
24 hr Hotline: 630-897-0080
|A Safe Place
|Direct Counseling Inc.
Crystal Lake, IL: 815-459-0040
Woodstock, IL: 815-337-9030
Crystal Lake, IL
|New Beginnings Counseling
|Working Against a Violent Environment (WAVE)
|Lodestone Center for Behavioral Health
Woodstock, IL and McHenry, IL
|State and Federal Assistance|
|Victim Crimes Assistance
Illinois Attorney General’s Office
|National Domestic Violence Hotline
|Orders of Protection|