We do this by affecting public policy, increasing understanding of the impact of domestic violence, and providing programs and education that drive that change.Unfortunately, teen dating violence—the type of intimate partner violence that occurs between two young people who are, or who were once in, an intimate relationship—is a serious problem in the United States.If there is a pending criminal case, please remain in contact with the State’s Attorney’s Office Victim Assistance Coordinator (847-377-3000) to ensure the status of the criminal case and to make notifications of changes in your contact information, residence, place of employment, etc.Under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, the Court may issue an Order of Protection or No Contact Order granting victims and their children protection from abusers.
Having a safety plan laid out in advance can help you to protect yourself in those stressful moments.
Let them know how much you love them and that you support them no matter what.
Tell them that you want to protect them and that you want everyone to be safe, so you have to come up with a plan to use in case of emergencies.
Ask a volunteer legal services organization (attorneys who provide free legal services to low-income individuals) or an advocacy group in your area about the policies in your local court. Learn more at Casa De Esperanza about your rights as an immigrant and read more on our site.
According to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), immigrant women who are experiencing domestic violence — and are married to abusers who are US Citizens or Legal Permanent Residents — may qualify to self-petition for legal status under VAWA.