Dealing with abuse, either emotional or physical, can take an incredible toll on someone. If you are the victim of abuse, you should do what is in your best interest and get out of the situation immediately. You can also protect yourself by applying for a protective order. There are three types of protective orders in the state of Illinois.
The most common type of order in Illinois is known as the Emergency Order of Protection. This type of order protects the person who applied for it, the petitioner, from any harm caused by the recipient of the order, or the respondent. This order of protection is activated the minute that it is approved by the judge. The respondent does not have to be notified of the hearing due to the nature of harm involved in the case. This order lasts between 14 and 21 days.
The next level of protection order in Illinois is the plenary order. This type of order is not issued until there is a hearing in front of a judge with both the petitioner and the respondent. The petitioner is required to attend the hearing, while the respondent does not have to show up in court. The respondent must be notified of the hearing though in advance. A plenary order lasts for no more than two years.
An interim order of protection is granted by a judge for the petitioner when an order of protection has been granted but it has been difficult to serve the respondent. This order of protection lasts for 30 days.
Have you been the victim of abuse in Illinois? Apply for a protective order today so you can get your life back and not have to live in fear of your abuser.