Domestic violence occurs often in Illinois. It affects people of all ages and backgrounds. Many times, no one knows about the abuse except for the family that is involved. There are also many different forms of abuse. Most of the time people associate physical violence with domestic abuse, but that is not the only form of abuse. There is also emotional abuse and controlling behavior. The law in Illinois recognizes that there are many different kinds of domestic abuse and provides protection against more than just physical violence.
The law protects people from harassment as well. This includes behavior that has no purpose other than to cause another individual emotional distress. This type of behavior includes repeatedly calling another individual, making a disturbance at their work or school, following them, watching another person by waiting outside their home, car, work or other places. It also includes unlawfully keeping a child away from another parent or threatening to do so.