Orders of protection and no contact orders are legal devices available to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and similar crimes. In a general sense, these legal orders prevent the criminal perpetrators from further contact with the victims. From a more precise standpoint, the eligibility and protections available for these orders varies based on the type of offense and relationship between the victim and perpetrator.
Orders of Protection for Domestic Violence
Orders of protection are available to victims of domestic violence in Illinois. In order to qualify for an order of protection, the victim must suffer abuse at the hands of family or household member. Specifically, a family or household member includes a person’s:
Blood and other relative(s);
Spouse or former spouse(s);
Roommate(s) or former roommate(s);
Co-parent of a common child;
Romantic partner(s) or former romantic partner(s); and
Caregiver(s), in the case of certain disabled adults.