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Stalking: A Common Form of Domestic Violence in Chicago

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Domestic violence occurs between spouses, domestic partners, or other family members and can take a variety of forms. In addition to hitting, making threats, sexual assault, and other types of abuse, it can also include stalking. If you are the victim of this type of behavior, it is important to be aware of your legal rights and the steps you can take to protect yourself.    

Stalking a Serious Crime in Illinois

Like any type of domestic violence, stalking is often used by abusers as a means of controlling and manipulating the victim. Under the Illinois Statutes, it is defined as following, surveilling, harassing, or having any otherwise unwanted contact. This may be in person, such as appearances at your home, work, or school, or via telephone, email, or other means. In 2019, Illinois broadened the definition of stalking to include online activities and social media, such as monitoring posts and hacking into web pages, chats, and other online accounts. 

In addition to being a common form of domestic violence, stalking is also a crime that could result in potentially severe penalties. As a class 4 felony, your stalker could face fines up to $25,000 and up to three years in prison. If they have been convicted of stalking in the past, jail time increases to five years or more. 

Protecting Yourself Against a Stalker

If you suspect your partner, or anyone else for that matter, is stalking you, it is important to take it seriously. In many cases, stalking can lead to more violent types of crime. When it occurs, notify the police immediately. Other actions you can take to protect yourself include: 

  • Speak with our Chicago area domestic violence attorneys about seeking an order of protection. This can prevent your stalker from contacting you in any way while requiring them to get counseling.
  • Let your family and friends know. Like any type of domestic violence, being stalked is a traumatic experience. Get the support you need. 
  • Inform your teacher, boss, co-workers. Make select people at your job or school know what is going on so they can take action if your stalker shows up there.   
  • Seek counseling if needed. Counseling allows you to deal with some of the feelings you are likely experiencing as a result of being stalked and can help as you rebuild your life.

Contact Our Chicago Domestic Violence Attorneys Today

At the Women’s Divorce and Family Law Group, we can take the swift legal actions needed to protect you from stalkers. To discuss your options, call or contact our Chicago domestic violence attorneys online and request a confidential consultation today. 

There are many factors to consider when contemplating divorce, and a pre-divorce planning session can help you begin to plan for a divorce. Please contact the professionals at the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group by calling (312) 585-6604 or clicking here to schedule a consultation.

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