Question: How do I know if I should file a Domestic Violence Order of Protection, Stalking No Contact Order, or a Sexual Assault Civil No Contact Order?
Answer: An individual seeking an Order of Protection has a "domestic relationship" with the person who abused them or the person they would like protected.
A "domestic relationship" includes a relationship with a(n):
• Ex or former spouse
• Boyfriend or girlfriend
• Someone with whom you have a child in common
• Someone with whom you share living space
• Brother or sister
• Stepbrother or stepsister
• Person with disability
• Person responsible for a high-risk adult
• Personal assistant or caregiver to a person with a disability, or
• Another person related by blood or marriage
Stalking No Contact Order is for any person who is the victim of a course of conduct that causes the victim to fear for his or her safety or the safety of another person, or to suffer emotional distress, and relief is not available to the victim through the Illinois Domestic Violence Act or through a Sexual Assault Civil No Contact Order.
Sexual Assault Civil No Contact Order is for any person who is a victim of non consensual sexual conduct. These orders also protect family or household members of a victim and Rape crisis center employees/volunteers.
Question: How do I file an Order of Protection, Stalking No Contact Order, or Civil No Contact Order?
Answer: You may obtain paperwork by going to:
• The Domestic Violence Assistance Center (DVAC) located in the lower level of the Winnebago County Courthouse, 400 West State St., Rockford, IL 61101. In some cases they are able to assist in filling out the paperwork.
• The Self Help Center located on the 3rd floor of the Winnebago County Courthouse.
• The Circuit Clerk's Office
• Online at Illinois Legal AID