Tio Hardiman, the director of the anti-violence group CeaseFire Illinois, “punched and kicked his wife” after the two had a verbal altercation in front a family member, Cook County prosecutors alleged Saturday.
As a result of the Friday incident, Alison Hardiman, 47, had a swollen lip, bruises and a cut on her neck, according to prosecutors.
“She was shocked,” said Ferdinand Serpe, Alison Hardiman’s attorney, after a Cook County judge ordered her husband held in lieu of a $20,000 bond on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.
Serpe added that, though his client has not experienced anything similar during her seven years of marriage with Hardiman, she plans to seek a court order of protection.
Hardiman’s arrest on Friday placed a cloud of uncertainty over the CeaseFire group, whose work in violence mediation in some of Chicago’s most troubled neighborhoods was featured in the 2011 documentary, “The Interrupters.”
Hardiman, 50, has been placed on admistrative leave with pay, according to the University of Illinois at Chicago, which oversees the CeaseFire group.
Hardiman and his wife live in west suburban Hillside. His wife arrived to village police station at about 8 a.m. Friday with “signs of injury” and filed a formal complaint against him, according to police Chief Joseph Lukaszek. Hardiman was taken into custody an hour later.
Prosecutors said that Hardiman was convicted in 1999 of misdemeanor domestic battery. Serpe said that case involved a different woman. Hardiman is scheduled to appear in court again on Tuesday.