Quote from urcina
I am going to take the pro side. i just wasnt sure where to start to my research. i was trying to find a way to get the laws of the states and maybe that would help me.
Just did a google search on mandated reporters of domestic violence... lots of links
Also from the first link on the list, (Illinois based) there was a hyperlink to a legal section which has more links in the text regarding civil law and legal stuff:
Same link as above brought me to another link for mandated reporting:
At that site it explains how the only adults that professionals are responsible to mandate for are those over sixty yet, from the same site they have this listed, (copied and pasting
Is there an Illinois law that Professionals Must Report Domestic Violence occurring to an Adult Victim?
There are no Illinois Statutes written specially for domestic violence that mandate professionals to report domestic violence of an adult to law enforcement officials. (Except for the Seniors mentioned in this article.)
A 1931 Illinois law primarily designed to detect criminal activity states:
It is the duty of any person operating a medical facility, nurse, or doctor to notify the local law enforcement agency when it appears the patient has received any injury resulting from the discharge of a firearm, or any injury sustained as a victim of a criminal offense. (20 ILCS 2630/3.2)
There are differing opinions and inconsistent interpretations of this law regarding adult domestic violence Victims. Contact the Legal Institute of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence for a packet of material on this topic.
The advantages and disadvantages of Mandatory Reporting of adult Victims of domestic violence are under study by some professional organizations.
So this issue in my homestate is not as clearcut as it would seem. If not mistaken then health care professionals are not protected by certain rights in case of retribution that an adult who was reported against may want to take. Sort of puts the gag on us, darn, yet, there are clearly individuals who are being battered, traumatized and mistreated because of domestic violence, (and need assistance from an outside entity to extricate themselves). This is my personal immaturely thought out opinion of course. Let me think on it...