Protecting and Empowering Domestic Abuse Survivors
No person should ever have to experience and live in fear of domestic violence. One common misconception is that domestic violence only includes abuse such as physical abuse or sexual abuse. Domestic violence also encompasses emotional abuse, verbal abuse, harassment, manipulation, threats, stalking, intimidation, and forms of financial abuse. Furthermore, domestic violence transcends gender, sexual orientation, race, national origin, and relationships. Domestic violence can be perpetrated by men and women, between same-sex couples, and even by family members that live with the survivor.
The attorneys at Beattie | Onorato understand that there are many different forms of domestic violence and are trained in handling these very sensitive cases with the utmost respect and empathy. We are here to help you at every step. By combining strong legal advocacy and deep compassion, we help clients throughout the greater Chicago area take back control of their family law situation in the face of domestic violence.
How Do I Get An Order Of Protection?
To protect yourself against domestic violence, Illinois law provides several options. A judge may issue an Order of Protection when there are findings of domestic violence. Orders of Protection help protect survivors, their family, their child(ren), and their pets. Emergency Orders of Protection may be sought when there has been a recent incident of domestic violence and there is an immediate threat of continued abuse. Both Orders of Protection and Emergency Orders of Protection can offer various remedies such as: no contact between the perpetrator and the survivor; stay-away orders from the survivor’s home, place of work, and/or child(ren)’s school or daycare; restriction or denial of the perpetrator’s parenting time; or court-ordered domestic violence therapy. Orders of Protection can last anywhere from 21 days to two years, depending on your individual situation. When an Order of Protection is in place, the police can intervene if the order is violated.
We’re Here to Help
We understand how overwhelming this process may seem. You do not have to go through it alone. Contact us so that we can provide experienced guidance. To schedule an initial consultation with us, please call 312-809-2750 or send us an email.