Updated protections for domestic violence victims signed into lawSPRINGFIELD – A plan passed by State Senator Julie Morrison (D – Deerfield) making it easier for domestic violence victims to file temporary orders of protection was signed into law today by the governor.

“Victims of domestic violence often face many emotional and psychological challenges that make it difficult to report their abuse and admit abuse by their partner,” Morrison said. “In instances where safety is in jeopardy, we must make temporary orders of protection accessible and available to protect anyone from further abuse.”

Morrison introduced House Bill 6109 earlier this year that would permit the Illinois Supreme Court to establish a pilot program that would allow individuals to electronically file petitions for temporary orders of protection. Currently, a person must appear in a civil court to file a petition for an order of protection.

The proposal, modeled after a similar plan passed last year in New York, seeks to eliminate some of the barriers facing individuals who have been abused.

“I am hopeful this proposal ensures that any victim of domestic violence or abuse can do what is necessary to protect themselves and their family,” Morrison said.

House Bill 6109 takes effect immediately.

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