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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 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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