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Advocating for Women

Violence Against Women:
Illinois Domestic Violence Act


Domestic violence is a crime. Any person who hits, chokes, kicks, threatens, harasses, or interferes with the personal liberty of another family or household member has broken Illinois Domestic Violence law. Under Illinois law family or household members are defined as

  • family members related by blood;

  • people who are married or used to be married;

  • people who share or used to share a home, apartment, or other common dwelling;

  • people who have or allegedly have child in common or a blood relationship through a child in common;

  • people who are dating or engaged or used to date, including same sex couples; and

  • people with disabilities and their personal assistants.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services Directory

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hotlines and Links

Illinois Domestic Violence Act Information for Victims:

The Attorney General provides a fact sheet for quick information on victims’ rights, safety planning tips, and local agencies and shelter information.

Illinois Domestic Violence Act Victim Information Tear Sheet PDF Document

Illinois Domestic Violence Act Victim Information Tear Sheet - en Español PDF Document

Illinois Domestic Violence Act Victim Information Tear Sheet - Polish Translation PDF Document

Domestic Violence Brochures:

 

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