Illinois Courts are Open for Domestic Violence victims seeking Orders of Protection

The most dangerous place in the world for a woman is her own home. Often a victim waits until they are alone and the abuser has gone to work to seek help from a friend or neighbor, therefore during the COVID19 period of “Social Distancing” and “Stay at Home” orders a victim of domestic violence is now trapped with their abuser. Judicial court facilities have reduced their daily activity; however, Orders of Protections (OOP) can still be granted. A victim of domestic violence who wishes to seek an Order of Protection should call their local domestic violence hotline or the national hotline (1-800-799-7233)  to speak with a DV advocate who can walk the victim through the process of obtaining an order. If you are a victim of a domestic violence you can start to work on an order by going to You need to consider three items: relationship to the respondent (abuser), whether the abuse or threat is recent and the location (county) of the abuse. Domestic advocates are providing services and assistance with OOPs via phone conversations before the petitioner (victim) goes to court to request and order. You are not ALONE!

Recent news articles have indicated an increase in domestic violence incidents around the world. Make sure you maintain contact with your family, friends and neighbors and if you suspect abuse call 911 if it is an emergency. 

About Dr. Lynn Atkinson Tovar

Dr. Lynn Atkinson Tovar is a professor of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies at Lewis University in Illinois. The former commander has done research on teen relationships and technology as well as abusive relationships. Her book "Smart Teen, Safe Teen: Respecting Relationships in Your Social Digital Life " is available at

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