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Who can get a protection order for domestic violence or stalking?

In Illinois, an order of protection for domestic violence can be used to prevent stalkers or abusers from harming their victims. A protection order may be obtained if a victim is being stalked or if there is a threat of harm. Once issued, this order can be enforce in order to ensure the safety of the victim.

The Illinois Domestic Violence Act states that a court can issue a protection order in order to protect a victim and his or her child from potential harm by an abuser. The protection order can protect a victim from members of his or her family, blood relations, spouses with whom a divorce or separation is underway, current and ex-spouses, roommates, an individual with whom a victim shares a child and current or former partners. Individuals with disabilities who need the assistance of rape crisis center caregivers, volunteers and employees also are protected under the statute.

The Illinois Domestic Violence Act can provide three kinds of orders: a protection order for domestic violence victims, a civil no contact order for sexual assault victims and a no contact order for victims of stalking. Two kinds of orders are issued for protecting victims of sexual assault. They include emergency orders, which remain valid for a period of two to three weeks and plenary orders, which remain valid for two years.

A no contact order for stalking protects those who feel threatened by the conduct of another. It can help protect the victim and the safety of a dependent minor where other kinds of orders may not offer the same level of relief.

Source: LakeCountyIL.gov, "Order of Protection, Civil or Stalking No Contact Order," accessed Dec.17, 2014

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