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Illinois Law Expands Protections for Domestic Violence Survivors

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abusive behavior, Diane's Law, domestic violence, domestic violence attorney, domestic violence helpline, domestic violence survivor, Illinois domestic violence, Illinois domestic violence attorneysDomestic violence is defined a as a pattern of violent or abusive behavior used by one person to gain power or control over another in a marriage or other living arrangement. Domestic violence can take many forms, including physical or emotional abuse, sexual abuse or verbal abuse.

Domestic violence may occur anywhere and at anytime. Furthermore, domestic violence can have devastating consequences for the victim, as well as an entire family. Given the seriousness of domestic violence, it is paramount that domestic violence victims are provided adequate protections.

Illinois Takes Steps to Protect Domestic Violence Survivors

Last month, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn took steps to enhance protections for domestic violence survivors by signing new legislation. The new legislation, known as “Diane's Law,” permits courts to order risk assessment and surveillance of individuals charged with partner abuse in order to protect victims. The law was enacted in response Diane Kephart's murder by her former boyfriend three days after she renewed her protective order against him.

The new law, which takes effect January 1, 2015, allows a court to order individuals charged with domestic abuse to undergo an evaluation as a condition of bail. A court is also permitted to require that a defendant wear a GPS device to help monitor and enforce restraining orders.

In support of the law, Governor Quinn stated, “The tragic loss of Diane Kephart's purposeful life left us with further proof that something had to be done to strengthen protection orders. Diane's Law will help our law enforcement authorities enforce restraining orders and increase penalties for those who commit domestic violence.”

The law is meant to provide more than just an order of protection for domestic violence victims; it is meant to focus on preventing abuse by making sure that an individual charged with domestic abuse is properly monitored by the police.

Contact a Domestic Violence Attorney for Help

Victims of domestic violence can obtain emergency orders of protection. Orders of protection can be obtained anytime—night or day. An initial emergency order of protection can last 14 to 21 days until a full hearing may be held. For immediate help, you can contact 911 or a local domestic violence helpline.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, contact our Illinois domestic violence attorneys for advice. We will work with you to advise you on your rights during this sensitive time. We want to ensure that your safety is protected. Our firm is located in Crystal Lake, Illinois, and we represent victims of domestic violence throughout McHenry County and Lake County. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.

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