What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence occurs when one person causes physical or psychological harm to a current or former partner or family member. An individual controls their intimate partner using fear, Isolation, financial control, and emotional Abuse. Domestic Violence is a crime.
Types of Domestic Violence
Emotional Abuse (name-calling, mind games, humiliation, sub-servant treatment of partner)Financial Abuse (Controlling the money and not allowing the partner to get a job) Isolation (controlling who the partner sees or speaks to, limiting the amount the partner can leave the house)Threats and Intimidation (causes the partner to feel like they may be harmed, with threats, displaying weapons, hurting animals)Physical Violence/ forced sexual relations
What constitutes a domestic relationship?
A relationship with a family or household member, including a spouse, former spouse, parents, children, stepchildren, other blood relations, or relatives through a current or previous marriage
A person that you live with or have lived with
A person that you have or allegedly have a child with
A person you share or believe you share a blood relationship with through a child
A person you are dating or have dated
A person with disabilities and their assistants and caregivers
If you are a victim of domestic Violence, call your local police department.
Law Enforcement Response
Law enforcement officers are to use all reasonable means to prevent further Abuse, including:
Arranging for or transporting victims to a medical facility/shelter/place of safety and accompanying them back to the residence to get belongings
Arresting the abuser where appropriate and completing a police report on all bonafide incidents
Advising the victim or their rights to an order of protection and the importance of preserving evidence, such as damaged clothing and property, along with photographs of injuries
If an Abuser Contacts You After an Arrest
If the abuser was charged with a (Illinois Domestic Violence Act) crime and the victim is a family or household member, the abuser will be prohibited from contacting or communicating with the victim and entering or remaining at the victim's residence for at least 72 hours. If an abuser violates these conditions, call the police immediately. The abuser can be charged with another crime.
Order of Protection
An order of protection is a court order that grants and restricts someone who has abused a family or household member. The order of protection grants the victim certain legal rights, helps protect their property, and limits the contact the abuser may have with the victim.
An order of protection generally orders the offender:
- To not harass, stalk, or abuse the protected parties
- To avoid in-person contact with the victim
- To stay away from the protected parties' residence, place of employment, and school
- To not have any contact with the victim via mail, telephone, email, texting, or third party
- It may require them to attend counseling
- May give you temporary custody of the children or put a visitation schedule in place
To Obtain an Order of Protection:
- Contact a domestic violence program for help completing the forms.
- Ask your attorney to file a civil court case.
- Request an order with your divorce.
- Request an order during a criminal prosecution.
- Go to your local circuit court clerk's office and get papers to seek an order of protection for yourself.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS
Mutual Ground of Aurora
630-897-0080 | mutualground.org
24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline | 630-897-0080
24-hour Sexual Assault Hotline | 630-897-8383
Domestic Violence Shelter
Community Crisis Center
847-697-2380 | crisiscenter.org
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINES
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Illinois Domestic Violence Help Line
1-877-863-6338 (Chicago area)
LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Kendall County State's Attorney | 630-553-4157
Kane County State's Attorney's Office | 630-232-3500
Prairie State Legal Services | 630-232-9415
ANIMAL FOSTER PROGRAMS FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Naperville Humane Society | 630-420-8989 ext. 116 | napervillehumanesociety.org
CASA Kane County - Court Appointed Special Advocates casakanecounty.org/
CASA Kendall County - Court Appointed Special Advocates casakendallcounty.org/
Crisis Assistance Program and Expedited Services for SNAP (IDHS – Family Community Resource Center in Aurora) Financial Assistance
Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office sao.kanecountyil.gov/Pages/Default.aspx
Kendall County State’s Attorney’s Office kendallcountyil.gov/offices/state-s-attorney/victim-services
Illinois Attorney General
Illinois Address Confidentiality Program
(IL Attorney General’s Office)
The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) provides a substitute address for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking to use instead of their home, school, or work addresses when interacting with State and local government agencies.
Stalking No Contact Orders/Sexual Assault Civil No Contact Order/DV Order of Protection https://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/Safer-Communities/Violence-Prevention-and-Community-Safety/Orders-of-Protection/
Safety Planning (myPlan App) myplanapp.org/#personalized