CHICAGO – State Rep. Lindsey LaPointe, D-Chicago, is sponsoring legislation to create the Domestic Violence Task Force to conduct a comprehensive study of current domestic violence laws in Illinois and look for ways to improve protections for victims of violence.
“Too often we hear tragic stories of domestic violence that make us wonder how a violent situation occurred and what could have been done to prevent it,” LaPointe said. “Creating a Domestic Violence Task Force allows us to take a thoughtful approach to this serious issue, to study the current laws and practices surrounding domestic violence situations, find solutions to fix any gaps in the system and provide more protections and support for victims of violence.”
LaPointe is co-sponsoring House Bill 4262 to create the Domestic Violence Task Force in Illinois to conduct a comprehensive review of the process, operation, and enforcement of current domestic violence laws across the state. The Task Force is required to submit a report to the Governor and the General Assembly with the findings of their review. National and Illinois domestic violence data finds that on average nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner and one in three women and one in seven men have experienced some form of physical violence from an intimate partner according to the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
“Sadly, domestic violence continues to be a prevalent issue impacting too many women, men and children here in Illinois and across the country,” LaPointe said. This measure was taken to ensure our current policies meet the real needs of survivors and their children, and to support domestic violence professionals that will help these families navigate breaking out of the cycle of violence. I am proud to support the creation of this Task Force, so we can do everything in our power to prevent future acts of domestic violence.”
For more information about pending legislation or state services, please contact LaPointe’s constituent service office at 773-647-1174 or email RepLaPointe@gmail.com.