In 1986, Illinois lawmakers united our communities, courts and law enforcement agencies with a law to protect families from violence in their homes. The law clearly recognizes that abusing a family or household member is a crime that cannot be ignored.
Legal remedies are available through criminal and civil court action to stop abuse. One option available is an Order of Protection. A judge can order an abuser to stop the violence and to stay away from victims or their home.
A judge can also give victims temporary custody of children involved, protect victims' property and order the confiscation of weapons from an abuser." Community Crisis Center
Crisis Line and Emergency Shelter Help is available 24 hours a day
Elgin – Community Crisis Center (847) 697-2380 www.crisiscenter.org
Aurora – Mutual Ground (630) 897-0080 www.mutualground.org
The petition will be completed and printed with the help of an advocate at one of the above court locations. You will then be taken before a Judge for a hearing. The Judge will review your petition and then decide to grant or deny the Order of Protection. You MUST appear before a Judge to ask that the Order of Protection be granted.