Domestic abuse takes a variety of forms, and impacts people from all backgrounds. It may involve threats and harassment, emotional abuse, or physical violence with the potential to endanger the victim’s life.
If you are in this type of situation, it is important to know that you are not alone. Help is available through the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group. Our Chicago family law attorneys offer the compassionate, professional legal representation you need to protect yourself and those you love through protective orders issued by the court.
Domestic violence is listed as crime in our state under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act. This includes physical acts, such as hitting, slapping, punching, or choking, as well as behavior meant to threaten and intimidate the victim, such as name calling, destroying property, or harassing them at work or school. The Domestic Violence Act applies to family and household members, which may include the following:
In addition, the law also covers people with disabilities and those who assist them, including home health care aides and personal assistants.
For victims of domestic violence, an Order of Protection may offer the help they need to stop the abuse. The Illinois Attorney General’s Office advises that these orders can offer a variety of protections depending on the circumstances involved, which often include the following:
In the event the abuser violates the protective order, they can be subject to serious penalties. A first violations is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in prison, while a second violation is a felony, resulting in increased jail time and a permanent criminal record.
If you or someone you care about is the victim of domestic violence, contact the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group right away. You need a strong, experienced advocate working on your behalf, guiding you through the steps you need to take to help protect your physical safety as well as your legal rights.
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