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Order of Protection Information

To obtain an Order of Protection in Will County, you may do any of the following:

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What is an Order of Protection and how can it help you?

An Order of Protection is a court order available to “family or household members” prohibiting the abuser from certain activities or ordering the abuser to take certain actions. An Order of Protection may include, but is not limited to:

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Who is eligible for an Order of Protection?

An Order of Protection can be filed against a family or household member who has committed acts of domestic violence against you or your minor child.

A family or household member includes:
Acts of domestic violence include:

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Procedure to Petition for an Emergency Order of Protection

Go to Will County Courthouse located at 14 W. Jefferson St. Joliet, Il 60432 |  Map to Location ( External Site Link ) - Driving Directions ( External Site Link )

  1. NOTE: cameras or camera phones are not allowed in the courthouse
  2. NOTE: filing for an order of protection will take some time. Please be patient and give yourself plenty of time to complete the process.
  3. NOTE: You do not need to have a police report or have contacted the police in order to seek an order of protection.
  4. NOTE: You are going to need to know certain information about the abuser such as their address or work address. This is important so that they can be served with the Order of Protection. You are also going to need addresses of the places you would like the abuser to stay away from such as your employer and your child’s school/daycare.
  1. NOTE: On the Order, you will be listed as the Petitioner and the abuser will be listed as the Respondent.
  2. NOTE: When filling out the forms with a staff member ask as many questions as you need to. Also, when filling out the narrative of the events of abuse be very specific ( where you were when the abuse happened, who was there with you, what kind of abuse occurred; if verbal, what was said, were there injuries and if so where and by what means did they get there, were the police called, etc ). **You may want to come prepared with a “diary of abuse”-a record of incidents when you have been abused, but it is not necessary**

After the forms are completed, the person helping you will give the forms to the Clerk’s office, who will then prepare a file.

Once the petition for the order of protection is filed you will be directed to wait in the proper courtroom so the Judge can hear your petition.

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What if an Emergency Order of Protection is granted by the Judge?

  1. NOTE: Emergency Orders of Protection will last 14-21 days, in order to extend the Order of Protection; you must appear for the extension hearing scheduled by the Judge.

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What if an Emergency Order of Protection is not granted by the Judge?

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What if the petition for an Emergency Order of Protection is denied?

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What if the petition for an Emergency Order of Protection was set for a hearing?

  1. NOTE: make sure you appear, even if you intend to drop the Order of Protection. This is important for many reasons. The Judge wants to hear your reason for dropping the Order also; the Judge wants to ensure your safety.
  1. NOTE: Be sure to return for every extension date the Judge sets, even if you want to drop the Order of Protection.

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If the abuser violates the Order of Protection

Call the police no matter what the circumstance. If an Order of Protection is violated, the abuser may have committed a Class A Misdemeanor and may be arrested. A second or subsequent offense may be a Class 4 Felony.

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Important Phone Numbers:

Important Phone Numbers
Department Phone Number
During an Emergency always call: 911
Groundwork Domestic Violence Program: 815.729.1228
Family Counseling Agency of Will County: 815.722.4384
Bridges to a New Day: 815.838.2690
( Offers individual or family counseling for survivors of domestic violence )
Will County Legal Assistance: 815.727.5123
Will County State’s Attorney Office: 815.727.8453
Lamb’s Fold Women’s Shelter: 815.723.5262
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1.800.799.SAFE ( 7233 )
  1.800.787.3224 ( TTY )
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE ( 4613 )

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