The following are criminal violations of the OP that
the respondent can be arrested for. If the respondent does any of these
things, call the police. In parentheses are the remedies or "boxes" of the
OP that are violated by each act.
- Physically abuses you; hits you, shoves you or has
any type of violent contact with you. (Box 1)
- Prohibits you from leaving your home or does anything
else to interfere with your personal liberty. (Box 1)
- Harasses you. Harassment includes: creating a
disturbance at your workplace, repeatedly calling you at home or work,
writing you threatening letters or letters trying to make you drop the
charges, repeatedly staying outside your home or workplace, threatening
you with physical harm, confinement, or restraint. (all Box 1)
- Follows you, refuses to leave you alone in a public
place. (Box 1)
- Goes to your residence or enters your property. (Box
- Violates the order to stay away from you. (Box 3)
- Goes to your workplace, your school, the child/ren's
school, or anywhere he is prohibited from going to. (Box 3b)
- Takes the child/ren from you, does not return child/ren
from visitation or takes the child/ren without the permission of the court
and your consent. (Box 5a & 5b)
- Removes the child/ren from Illinois or conceals them
within Illinois. (Box 8)
- Comes to your home while under the influence of drugs
or alcohol. (Box 14)
If the respondent is acting in any way that makes you
feel uncomfortable or fearful for your own safety or the safety of the
children, do not hesitate to call the police.
If the respondent fails to do certain things that the
OP requires him to do (see above), these are also violations, but the
respondent cannot be arrested for these violations. Some examples of
violations that are not criminal are:
- Failure to pay you support.
- Failure to reimburse you for expenses you suffered as
a result of abuse.
For these things, the respondent can be held in
contempt of the order, not arrested. If the respondent violates the OP in
this way, you can call the state's attorney's office in the courthouse
where you received the OP. If you are represented by a lawyer, consult
with him or her about this.