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DuPage County domestic violence attorneysWhen domestic violence victims leave an abusive relationship, they often need protection from their abusers. An order of protection can meet this need, but only if the victim knows which one to pursue. The following information explains the three types of orders of protection in Illinois and offers some insight on where to find assistance while navigating the legal process.

Why Pursue an Order of Protection?

At first glance, an order of protection might seem silly, like nothing more than a piece of paper. However, it does offer some significant benefits to victims. First, it can serve as a form of documentation in a family law case; this may be crucial in situations involving divorce and child-related matters. Second, it gives victims the right to call the police if their abuser violates the order in any way, shape, or form. This includes:

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Illinois divorce attorneysThe National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) estimates that approximately 20 people are abused by an intimate partner each minute in the United States. That equates to more than 10 million victims per year. Some of them are married, unsure of how to escape, and afraid of what might happen if they try to pursue a divorce. An attorney may be able to help.

Guiding You Through the Process

When you are dealing with both domestic violence and divorce, it is crucial that you have someone to guide you through the process. You need someone who can stand up for your rights and protect them in every situation. You also need someone who can help you work through the financial discovery of any marital assets.

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Illinois orders of protection lawyersAccording to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), nearly 66,000 reported incidents of domestic violence occurred in Illinois during 2014 (the most recent year for which statistics are available). Shocking as that number may seem, it probably does not even scratch the surface. In fact, many cases go unreported. The reasons for this are many, but fear over job security is a common concern. Thankfully, Illinois does offer certain job protections to domestic violence victims.

Victim Economic Security and Safety Act

In the state of Illinois, employers with 15 or more employees are required to comply with the Victim Economic Security and Safety Act, or VESSA. It states that employees cannot be terminated, threatened, demoted, or otherwise negatively acted against for taking unpaid leave to address domestic violence issues. This can include taking time off to move, attend court, heal from injuries, visit the doctor, file charges, or otherwise address domestic-violence specific needs.

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DuPage County family law attorneysEach year there are 18,500,000 mental health care visits due to intimate partner violence. However, there are also many domestic violence incidents that go unreported. This could be due to a number of reasons, being that the victim becomes afraid of their abuser. As such, it is important to communicate to loved ones if and when an abusive situation occurs.

You Have Options

One way to put an end to domestic violence in Illinois is to seek an order of protection. There are multiple reasons you can use this option:

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domestic violence safety, DuPage County family law attorneysIt is estimated that nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner every minute of every day. Yet, domestic violence is often an overlooked aspect of divorce. It does not receive adequate attention or recognition, and that continues to place victims and children at risk. If you are in an abusive relationship and are contemplating separation or divorce, know how to keep yourself and your children safe by understanding the role and importance of safety plans and orders of protection.

Safety Plans During and After Separation or Divorce

Anyone that is in a domestic violence situation, has recently left, or is considering leaving, should have an active safety plan in place. This plan should change as your situation does. For example, those who are still living with an abusive partner will have different needs than those who have already left. However, most should include:

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