​​​​​Domestic Violence Cannot Be Justified

In 1986, Illinois lawmakers united our communities, courts and law enforcement agencies with a law to protect families from violence in their homes. The law clearly recognizes that abusing a family or household member is a crime that cannot be ignored.

Legal remedies are available through criminal and civil court action to stop abuse. One option available is an Order of Protection. A judge can order an abuser to stop the violence and to stay away from victims or their home.

A judge can also give victims temporary custody of children involved, protect victims' property and order the confiscation of weapons from an abuser." Community Crisis Center

Crisis Line and Emergency Shelter Help is available 24 hours a day

Elgin – Community Crisis Center (847) 697-2380 www.crisiscenter.org

Aurora – Mutual Ground (630) 897-0080 www.mutualground.org


It is important to bring the following information about the person that you are seeking an Order of Protection against in order for the police to serve the Order of Protection:

Full Name, Address, City, State, Zip, County (where he or she currently lives), Sex, Race, Date of Birth, Height, Weight, Eye Color, Hair Color, Social Security Number or Driver’s License Number, State and Expiration.

If the person you are seeking the Order of Protection against was arrested or taken to jail for the abuse, you should start with an advocate at the State’s Attorney Office. The State's Attorney office locations are as follows:

Aurora State’s Attorney Office          

Hours:  8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
1200 E. Indian Trail
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 892.3221

Elgin State’s Attorney Office             

Hours:  7:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
150 Dexter Court
Elgin, IL 60120
(847) 931.6030

Kane County Judicial Center

Hours:  8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
37W777 Rte. 38.  Room 300 (3rd Floor)
St Charles, IL 60175
(630) 232.3500

If the person that you are seeking an Order of Protection against was not arrested, you should start with an advocate at:

Kane County Judicial Center    

Hours:  8:30 A.M – Noon
1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
37W777 Rte. 38   Room 149 (1st Floor)
St Charles, IL 60175

The petition will be completed and printed with the help of an advocate at one of the above court locations.  You will then be taken before a Judge for a hearing.  The Judge will review your petition and then decide to grant or deny the Order of Protection.  You MUST appear before a Judge to ask that the Order of Protection be granted.