As an outside observer, abusive relationships can be difficult to understand. For someone who has never been a victim of domestic violence, you may be wondering why the abused spouse does not leave the relationship and seek out a happier and healthier future. The people in these relationships will likely tell you that once you are in an abusive relationship, the answers that you thought were so simple no longer seem that way.
Did you know that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the U.S. have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner? In Illinois, there were 45,319 adult survivors of domestic violence in 2019 alone. Eventually, some married couples in these abusive relationships will decide that divorce is best for their safety and happiness. However, they may need to file an order of protection to protect themselves throughout the legal proceedings.
How to Obtain an Order of Protection
In Illinois, domestic violence is often considered a criminal offense. Any person who chokes, kicks, hits, threatens, harrasses, or interferes with the personal freedom of a family or household member has violated Illinois’ domestic violence law. This can include blood-related family members, married or previously married couples, those who cohabitate, people who have children together, and those who are dating or previously dated....