The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois
 

Orders of Protection

If you are thinking about getting an Order of Protection in DuPage County, look at this checklist first to find out if you meet the basic requirements for this kind of case.  If you are not sure about some of these questions, call the 24-hour Family Shelter Service hotline at (630) 221-8290  to talk to an advocate, or go online to  www.familyshelterservice.org.  If you do meet these three basic requirements, then you may be able to get an Order of Protection in DuPage County. To get started, go online to www.illinoisprotectionorder.org  

1.  Relationship to the Respondent  
  The person needing protection (this is probably you) is called the "Petitioner" and the "Respondent" is the person that you want protection from. How are you related to the Respondent?  
 
 We are married, or we used to be married (husband, wife, spouse).
 We are dating each other, or we used to date (boyfriend, girlfriend, intimate partner).
 We have a child together.
 We are family members (parent, child, sibling, step-parent, step-child, or other family relationship).
 We live together, or we used to live together (roommate, housemate, live-in partner).
 I have a disability, and the Respondent is my caregiver (personal assistant).
 
  You must be able to check at least one of these boxes. An Order of Protection only covers these kinds of domestic relationships. If you are not related to the Respondent in any of these ways, then you can´t get an Order of Protection. However, you may be able to get a different kind of civil order. If you were sexually assaulted, call the YWCA at (630) 790-6600 . They may be able to help you get a Civil No-Contact Order. For other situations, you may contact an attorney to find out if you can get a Civil Restraining Order. Remember, you may always call the police if you are afraid or need help, even if you do not have an Order of Protection.  
 
2.  Recent Incident of Abuse or Threat  
  Orders of Protection are meant to prevent future abuse. Abuse can be physical or sexual (grabbing, pushing, hitting, kicking, choking, forcing you to do things you do not want to do), verbal or harassing (threats to hurt you, repeated phone calls or text messages), stalking (following you) or other similar behaviors. It is okay if you have not called the police. You may still be able to get an Order of Protection. There are a few things that the judge will look for. Which of these are true for you right now?  
 
 The Respondent has done something abusive (physical, verbal, harassing or stalking).
 This abuse happened within the past 3 days (72 hours) or so.
 The Respondent has a history of abuse toward you or other people.
 The abuse is getting worse, or you think the abuse would get worse if the Respondent knew you were trying to get an Order of Protection.
  You must be able to check most, if not all, of these boxes. An Order of Protection is given when something abusive is happening right now. If you are not sure whether what happened to you is abuse, or if the abuse happened more than 3 days ago, you may want to talk to an advocate or lawyer before you ask a judge for an Order of Protection. Remember that you may always call the police if you are afraid or need help.  
 
3.  Location  
  It is important to go to the right courthouse for Orders of Protection. Which of these are true for you?  
 
 I (the Petitioner) live in DuPage County.
 The Respondent lives in DuPage County.
 The abuse happened in DuPage County.
 I (the Petitioner) fled to DuPage County for my safety, and I am living here for right now to stay safe.
  You must be able to check at least one of these boxes. If none of these are true for you, then you will need to get your Order of Protection in a different county. Usually, it is best to go to the courthouse in the county where you live, or where the abuse happened.
 

If you don't know how to file this petition, please call or visit the website of the following legal agencies.  They will help you file your Order of Protection.  

Family Shelter Service, Inc. (630) 469-5650  (24-hour hotline). www.familyshelterservice.org. 

DuPage County State's Attorneys Office  (630) 407-8000 www.dupageco.org/statesattorney 

DuPage Circuit Court Clerk's Office   (630) 407-8700  www.dupageco.org/courtclerk 

DuPage County Bar Association  (630) 653-7779   www.dcba.org/