Far too many people in Illinois suffer domestic abuse in silence. Some believe their abusive spouse or partner will change, or may fear even worse violence if they try to leave. It can take a lot of courage to escape abuse and take legal steps to protect yourself from your abuser.
So it can be terrifying when the judge disbelieves your case and declines to issue an order of protection. Recently, the First District Appellate Court of Illinois reversed such a decision by a circuit court judge. The judge refused to issue the order, instead issuing a civil restraining order, which is less stringent. He reasoned that the abusive partner in the case "loves" the victim and therefore should not be subject to the tougher order.