Stalking is a serious crime that presents unique challenges for the criminal justice system. A2009 U.S. Department of Justice Study reported that 3.4 million people are stalked in the United States each year. And 76% of women who are murdered by their domestic abuser were stalked by that abuser prior to their death.
Under a law that took effect on January 1, 2010, Illinois offers greater protection for stalking victims. Victims can now as a court to issue a Stalking No Contact Order which will place specific restrictions on stalkers.
Illinois law now also makes it easier to prosecute cases of stalking by recognizing that stalking does not always involve specific threats of harm. Additionally, the law now requires that in stalking prosecutions, the judge or jury must consider the stalker’s behavior from the victim’s perspective and experience.
If you are being stalked, I urge you to reach out for help. We all have the right to be safe.
~ Lisa Madigan ~ Attorney General
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.
Attorney’s fees are the only financial remedy available.
The fist violation of a Stalking No Contact Order is a Class A misdemeanor. A subsequent violation is a Class 4 felony.
CAISA and SACIS staff is ready and willing to help you in any way possible.