You may go to court yourself (without an attorney) or have your attorney petition for an injunction to protect yourself against domestic violence (assault or battery by your spouse whether you are separated or not, or your former spouse, or a former partner), repeat violence, stalking, dating violence or sexual violence. If you feel you are the victim of domestic violence, repeat violence, stalking, dating violence or sexual violence, contact the office of the clerk of the circuit court in your county or the local domestic violence shelter for information and help.
Domestic Violence includes allegations of assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and any other criminal offense involving physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.
Domestic Violence also includes Dating Violence or violence between individuals who have or have had a continuing relationship of a romantic or intimate nature. Domestic Violence also includes stalking which means a pattern of conduct, however short that causes substantial emotional distress to the victim and serves no legitimate purpose. So a person, who repeatedly follows, harasses or uses electronic mail or communication directed at the victim, who causes substantial emotional distress and serves no legitimate purpose may apply for a domestic violence injunction.
A violation of an existing domestic violence injunction is a crime. You must follow an Order until it is dismissed or modified.
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