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?
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?
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.
It is important to go to the right courthouse for Orders of Protection. Which of these are true for you?
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.