Are you a victim of Domestic Violence?

  What is domestic violence?  
  Domestic violence is the physical, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse of an intimate partner or family member. It is against the law. It affects individuals and families in every socioeconomic and demographic group, and has a major social, health and economic impact worldwide and in our own community.  
  24 - hour Resources  
  If you are in immediate danger dial: 9 1 1  

Community Crisis Center in Elgin, Illinois

Mutual Ground in Aurora, Illinois
(847) 897-0080

Family Shelter Services
(Dupage County)
(630) 469-5650

The above three nonprofit agencies provide services to individuals and families dealing with domestic and sexual assault through 24 hour hot-lines, emergency shelter, hospital and court advocacy, with group and individual counseling, including children. The agencies are completely confidential and all services are free.

Illinois Domestic Violence helpline
(877) 863-6338

Illinois Coalition against Domestic Violence
(217) 789-2830
(217) 789-1939 FAX
(217) 241- 0376 TTY

National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-SAFE (7233)

  Orders of Protections  
  What is an Order of Protection?  
  An Order of Protection (OP) is a court order that will help to protect you from domestic abuse. An Order of Protection tells the abuser to stop harming or threatening you.  
  There are Three Types of Orders of Protections  
  Emergency Orders of Protection (EOP)  
  An Emergency Order is an Order of Protection that lasts anywhere from 7 to 21 days. There has to have been a recent incident of abuse, usually within 7 days of seeking the order. The incident does not necessarily have to be a physical incident. The Emergency Orders of Protection hearing is almost always done ex parte (without the abuser).  
  Interim Order of Protection (IOP)  
  An Interim Order is an Order of Protection that can last up to 30 days. An Interim Order of Protection Is usually granted when the Plenary Order of Protection hearing has to be continued.  
  Plenary Order of Protection (POP)  
  A Plenary Order of Protection is an Order or Protection that can last up to two years. The respondent (the person that has been abusive) receives notice of the POP hearing and has the right to appear at the hearing. However, the respondent does not have to be present for the order to be granted.  
  How Court Watch Helps  
  To make those involved in the judicial system aware of public interest and concern about the outcome of domestic violence cases.
  To encourage the judicial system to be more efficient, responsive and professional in managing domestic violence cases.