Under Illinois State law, "Domestic violence" is defined as physical abuse, harassment, intimidation, interference with personal liberty or the willful deprivation of a dependent, including but not limited to, spouses, former spouses, children, stepchildren, people who share a common residence, pepole who have or allegedly have a child in common, or who have or aldreay have a blood relation through a child; personas who have or have had a dating relationship or engagement, and disabled dependents or their caregivers.
Under Illinois State law, an individual who appears to be harassing another person in a way that causes emotional distress can be classified as domestic violence. This behavior can include creating a disturbance at the individual's place of work or school, repeatedly calling the individual's place of work or home, repeatedly following the person around, repeated surveillance of an individual, repeatedly concealing a child (17 years or younger), repeatedly threatening to take a child away, or repeated confinement or physical restraint.
Domestic violence includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by:
"Dating Violence" is violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with another individual and where the existence of the relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party's statement and with the consideration of the following factors:
Dating violence includes, but not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse.
Under Illinois State law, an individual commits "stalking" when he or she knowingly engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person, and he or she knows that the course of conduct woudl cause a reasonable person to:
An individual also commits stalking when he or she, knowingly and without lawful justification, on at least 2 separate occasions follows another person or places that individual under surveillance and:
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