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Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection

Domestic Violence and Orders of Protection

In 1986, Illinois enacted the Domestic Violence Act to protect and assist victims of domestic violence. The Act seeks to support the efforts of victims of domestic violence to avoid further abuse by granting certain remedies, such as restricting the abuser’s access to the victim, and addressing issues of child custody and economic support. One purpose of the Act is to help victims avoid being trapped in abusive situations because of a fear of retaliation, financial dependence, the loss of contact with a child, or lack of access to alternate housing. The KSPM team has extensive experience both in advocating for victims of domestic violence, and in defending those that may have been wrongly accused. Several of our attorneys regularly volunteer their time in the Cook County Domestic Violence courtrooms, assisting the judges by conducting order of protection hearings for the litigants.