What is the Illinois Approach to Orders of Protection?

An order of protection in Illinois is a legal mechanism available to victims of domestic violence. Commonly referred to as a restraining order, an order of protection is a legal command from a judge to cease domestic violence or other family abuse.

Who is Eligible for an Order of Protection for Domestic Violence?

An order of protection is available to victims of domestic violence to prevent further abuse. This type of order is only available to family members or people living together. Victims of domestic violence can obtain an order of protection if they:

    Have a blood relation to the abuser; Are currently or were previously married to the abuser; Live or lived with the abuser; Share parental rights with the abuser for a child or multiple children; Have a blood relation to the abuser through a child or multiple children; Are currently or were previously in a romantic
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