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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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domestic abuseOctober is domestic violence month and in Illinois, several new laws protecting survivors of domestic violence have been passed to help support those who are the process of leaving an abusive relationship and starting new without their abusive partners in their lives.

Senate Bill 1645: Amendment to the Public Utilities Act to Provide 60-Day Grace Period

One of the most recent bills to be passed is Senate Bill 1645. This bill amends the Public Utilities Act, which provides that survivors of domestic violence who are in the process of running away from their abusers are given a deferral from having to pay initial deposits for utility services immediately upon move in to a new home. Generally, when people move into a new home, there are initial deposits and service fees to initiate the utilities within the home. For those who are survivors of domestic violence and are fleeing from their abusers, finding a home for themselves and their children immediately after fleeing the shared home with their abuser can be difficult.

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