Thursday, August 13, 2009

New Domestic Violence Laws Enacted

On Wednesday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law 2 new measures which impact the area of domestic violence. Beginning January 1, 2010, a victim will be able to get an order of protection against anyone who intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly engages in repeated and unwanted contact with them or with a member of their immediate family or household. The victim must prove that they were alarmed or were in reasonable apprehension for their safety or the safety of family members. Under existing law the victim must prove that a domestic relationship existed between them and the stalker. The new law removes that requirement. The second law provides that when someone on parole is arrested for violating an order of probation, their parole is automatically revoked.

These new laws make it easier for victims of stalking to obtain an order of protection. Victim's advocates state that these new laws close gaping loopholes in existing law.

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