Local organization offers assistance for victims of domestic violence

By WEEK Producer

November 5, 2013 Updated Nov 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Last year in Illinois, 80 people were killed in domestic violence incidents. Nine of those victims were children.

Abuse Prevention Advocates say victims need to be aware of the red flags and know when it is time to leave the relationship.

"If you start to notice some controlling tactics, cutting off support systems, family and friends, not letting you have control of your money, keeping tabs on your coming and goings and being very possessive,” said Kevin Nowlan Residential Services Director for the Center for Prevention of Abuse.

The Center for Prevention of Abuse offers pre-escape and post-escape planning assistance. That includes court advocates to help with filing a restraining order.

Nowlan said the Order of Protection is designed to hold the abuser accountable for their actions, including stiffer jail penalties.

If you need help leaving an abusive relationship, call the Center for Prevention of Abuse at 1-800-559-SAFE. The help line is open 24 hours a day.