Illinois has mandatory reporting requirements when it comes to domestic violence. Essentially, health care providers are required to report potential domestic abuse cases to local law enforcement. If someone who is required to file a report does not do it within a specific time period, he or she could be charged with a misdemeanor.
Those who are required to report potential cases of domestic abuse vary by state. In Illinois, any person who is certified or licensed to provide medical care is required to notify law enforcement about potential domestic abuse. The report needs to include the patient's name, the injuries they suffered and the name of the abuser if it is known. If more details are available, the report should also include them. Health care workers may not have to tell patients about the report; however, if the report is to be sent out, the patient must be informed so that they can prepare to speak with law enforcement. The only exception to this rule is if telling the patient about sending out the report puts him or her in danger.
Once the report has been sent to the authorities, health care workers should do what they can to guarantee the safety of their patients, especially if the report puts them at risk. This may include contacting the authorities for help and enrolling the patient in counseling services.
If a person is the victim of domestic violence, they can potentially seek an order of protection by filing certain paperwork. A family law attorney may assist with gathering all of the paperwork necessary to file the order of protection. Additionally, a lawyer may also represent the person in court by arguing that he or she is in danger. If the order of protection is broken, the attorney may assist with taking measures to keep his or her client safe. This may include working with law enforcement and the court.