Orders of protection are governed under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act. The Act was created to raise awareness of domestic violence as a serious crime against the individual and society, and to offer more protections to victims of domestic violence by issuing court orders prohibiting abuse and/or prosecuting abusers. To find out more information about the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986, see 750 ILCS 60/101 et seq. To find information on how to file an order of protection click here.
The information provided below is not intended to be viewed as legal advice and is only intended to answer general questions regarding the Illinois Domestic Violence Act and to explain the role of the Domestic Relations Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County in obtaining orders of protection. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, we strongly encourage you to seek legal advice.