Illinois Domestic Violence, Abuse & Harassment Attorneys

Assisting Domestic Violence Clients in Cook and Surrounding County Circuit Courts. If You or a Family Member are in Need of Immediate Help, Call 911 or Ask For Help by Writing a Note and Giving it to a Citizen!

Domestic abuse, physical violence and the threat of physical violence are never acceptable and the attorneys
at Edward Johnson and Associates P.C. take these cases very seriously. We’re determined to take every
possible precaution to protect our clients and our clients children in the event of any domestic abuse,
including hitting your spouse or significant other, making verbal threats and even stalking incidents.
Depending on the circumstances, obtaining a restraining order or order of protection may be necessary.


  • Emergency Order of Protection
  • Plenary Order of Protection
  • Interim Order of Protection

Emergency Order of Protection

If you require an immediate protective order without the accused (abuser) to be present, you should file an Emergency Order of Protection. These Emergency orders typically expire in 14-21 days, but will provide you with enough time to prepare for a potential trial and have a plan of action. When the court issues an EOP, it sets a hearing date for a Plenary Order. Below are some facts about Emergency Orders of Protection:

Obtaining an emergency order of protection is a major step and should not be taken lightly. You should only file for an EOP when a situation becomes increasingly violent and life threatening to you and/or your loved ones, including the following types of abuse:

  • Physical: Domestic violence, physical, sexual assault or emotional abuse that has been inflicted upon you or a loved one by another person, including a family member. Did your husband or wife hit you? Did your family member assault you? Did someone threaten your life?
  • Harassment: This is an act that occurs daily that creates an emotional disturbance or uncontrolled stress in your life. Examples are constant sexual advances, verballing abusing you at home, work or in public. Are you being emotionally disturbed due to constant verbal abuse? Is this abuse causing your life to become unbalanced?
  • Intimidation of a dependent: Is a stranger, family member or authority figure threatening your children or other dependents? If so, you can enact an emergency order of protection immediately. This will also have an effect on any allocation of parental responsibilities hearings held afterward.
  • Forced Against Your Will: Also known as Interference with Personal Liberty, Illinois Circuit Court defines this as “committing or threatening physical abuse, harassment, intimidation or willful deprivation so as to compel another to engage in conduct from which she or he has a right to abstain or to refrain from conduct in which she or he has a right to engage.” Have you been threatened via harassment or violence to be forced into doing an act against your will?
  • Willful deprivation: Depriving an elderly or disabled person of necessary medicine and food are examples of Willful Deprivation. If a person is willfully denying another person who because of their age, health, or disability requires medical care, medication, food, shelter or any physical assistance, and exposing that person to risk both physically and mentally (except with regard to medical care or treatment when the dependent person has expressed an intent to forego such medical care or treatment), they are being deprived of their rights and can immediately file for an emergency order or protection.

Unfortunately, Chicago Police have seen a dramatic increase in domestic violence calls due to the Coronavirus lockdown implemented by the Illinois and US government. Our firm is available 24/7 and will remain open during the lockdown to help our clients who are seeking experienced and professional assistance in filing an Emergency Order of Protection. Please contact us by calling 708.606.4386 if you require immediate assistance due to physical or emotional abuse being done to you or your children.

Plenary Order of Protection

A Plenary Order is issued by a judge after a hearing with both the petitioner – the person seeking safety – and the respondent – the person accused of abuse. The petitioner must be present in court to get the order.

Although the person accused of the abuse must be notified about the hearing, they may choose not to show up. However, if the person accused of abuse does not show up to court, the Plenary Order will be granted.

When a Plenary Order is granted, it lasts for up to 2 years.

Source: Illinois Legal Aid

Interim Order of Protection

The judge may grant a petitioner an Interim Order after a respondent has been served, or if attempts have been made to serve them. This order may last up to 30 days.

Source: Illinois Legal Aid


If you do not know which kind of order is appropriate for your circumstance, please review the below or you can download the Cook County Protective Orders Comparison sheet here.

Who is eligible for these

Domestic Violence
Order of Protection
  • Family or household members who:
  • are related by blood, or by current or former marriage to the offender;
  • share or shared a common home with the offender;
  • have or allegedly have a child in common with the offender;
  • share or allegedly share a blood relationship to the offender through a child;
  • have or had a dating relationship or engagement with the offender; or
  • are high risk adults with disabilities abused by a family member or caregiver.
Sexual Assault
Civil No Contact Order
  • Any person who is a victim of nonconsensual sexual conduct or sexual penetration. These orders also can protect the following people:
  • Family or household members of a victim; and
  • Rape crisis center employees and volunteers.

No Contact Order

Remedies & Protections

  • The judge can grant up to 18 remedies, from prohibiting further abuse to ordering the
  • offender to stay away, revoking a FOID card, protecting property and pets, requiring financial support, providing temporary care of
  • children, and ordering exclusive possession of the home.
  • The judge can grant any or all of the following remedies:
  • Prohibit contact with the victim;
  • Order the offender to stay away from victim generally and/or to stay away from specific locations;
  • Protection of property and pets;
  • Order the offender to transfer to another school if the victim and offender attend the same school;
  • Other injunctive relief necessary to protect the victim.
  • The judge can grant any or all of the following remedies:
  • Prohibit further stalking or threats of stalking;
  • Prohibit contact with the victim;
  • Order stalker to stay away from specific locations;
  • Prohibit stalker from having FOID card and owning firearms;
  • Other injunctive relief necessary to protect the victim.
  • Attorneys fees are the only financial remedy
  • available.


The first violation of a Domestic Violence Order of Protection is a Class A misdemeanor. A subsequent violation or a violation following other domestic convictions is a Class 4 felony.

The first violation of a Sexual Assault Civil No Contact Order is a Class A misdemeanor. A subsequent violation is a Class 4 felony.

The first violation of a Stalking No Contact Order is a Class A misdemeanor. A subsequent violation is a Class 4 felony.

Source: Cook County Court Domestic Violence Division

Free Consultation on your Order of Protection Case

If you have been threatened either physically or verbally by a loved one, contact an attorney at Edward Johnson & Associates P.C. to establish an emergency order for protection against an abusive party. Our office is available 24/7 and you will hear back from us within 24 hours! Our attorneys have extensive knowledge of Illinois protection and violence laws. Call us today at 708-606-4386 or contact us online to get action on your order of protection. We maintain conveniently located offices in Chicago, Bridgeview and Lakeview.

Where do we file a order of protection for our clients?

  • 555 West Harrison is the biggest domestic violence Court in Cook county and is the most likely courthouse we will file

How long will it take?

  • It depends on the case but we will do our best to get your protection order filed when the court will see us (usually 24 – 48 hours)

Are you open on weekend or during national emergencies?

  • YES! We are available 24/7 and can help you on the weekends. Our clients are not jsut clients, they are family and we want to help in any way we can.

How can I contact an attorney?

  • Call us at 708-606-4386 and if we are not able to get too your call, please leave a voicemail and we’ll respond as soon as possible. You may also email us at

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Edward Johnson and Associates P.C.
1945 S Halsted Street
Suite 309
Chicago, IL 60608

Phone: 708-606-4386