Family violence is devastating. We are supposed to be able to trust our family members with our safety and security, and it can be shattering when a family member behaves dangerously or violently, putting another person’s health and safety at risk. No one should have to live in fear of physical or psychological harm, especially when the perpetrator is a family member. Illinois law recognizes the serious danger of domestic violence, and it protects individuals who have been abused or who are in fear of abuse.
If you have been the victim of domestic violence, you may be able to obtain an order of protection. You should speak with an experienced Wilmette orders of protection lawyer to learn more about steps you can take to keep yourself and your family safe.
Under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986 (750 ILCS 60/), orders of protection are designed to protect any of the following persons:
Domestic violence can be a crime that is punishable under Illinois criminal law. If you have been injured by another family or household member’s act of violence, or if you have been threatened with violence, you should speak with a Wilmette family law attorney to learn more about how an order of protection may be able to help keep you safe.
Orders of protection can help family members in many different ways. For example, an order of protection can tell an abuser that he or she must stop the threats or abuse, it can prevent the abuser from coming near your home or your place of employment, it can require the abuser to get counseling or other types of treatment, and an order of protection can also give you temporary custody of your children if the situation warrants that action.
To learn more about what orders of protection can do, you should get in touch with a Wilmette domestic violence lawyer.
Nobody in Wilmette expects to be in a situation involving family violence, yet it happens more often than many of us might expect. When you or someone in your family is in fear of violence or has been the victim of domestic violence, you may be able to obtain an order of protection. A Wilmette orders of protection attorney can help with your case. Contact the Law Office of George M. Sanders, P.C. for more information.