Several new Illinois laws aim to protect victims of domestic violence.
Senate Bill 685 creates the Domestic Violence Death Review Commission with the aim of reducing domestic violence deaths. It also aims to address disparate practices with systems that interact with victims, survivors and offenders.
“Identify gaps in community services and consider alternative and more effective system responses to avoid future deaths,” said Maurice West State Representative D-Rockford. “Instead of being reactive, we are proactive.
House Bill 3223 provides a number of trauma-informed supports and protections for K-12 students who have survived sexual abuse or gender-based violence. The bill seeks to ensure that students can stay in school and requires schools to have at least one staff member trained to respond to disclosures of domestic or sexual violence.
Hundreds of school districts opposed the bill during its debate. The Illinois Principals Association called for a vote against, saying it would negatively affect schools on many levels.
“This ensures that a staff member from each school can help students and connect them with the resources they need to get help and heal,” said State Representative Anna Moeller, D -Elgin.
The law also adds that a valid cause for being absent from school includes issues specifically related to expectant parents, parents or victims of domestic or sexual violence. The law comes into force on July 1, 2025.
House Bill 3485 allows the Illinois Supreme Court to implement a program to issue hope cards to survivors of domestic violence. State Representative Denyse Stonebeck said the card would be something simple for anyone who might need to show proof of a protection order.
“These laminated cards are much less likely to degrade or lose over time, and are much more convenient for victims of domestic violence,” said State Representative Denyse Stonebeck, D-Skokie.
House Bill 3484 allows a party in divorce proceedings to ask the opposing party to pay an allowance for an initial retainer to hire a lawyer as a form of interim fees.
House Bill 3582 expands the Illinois Victims Economic Safety and Security Act to benefit survivors of violent crime. With the law, survivors can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave work in a 12 month period.
“This new measure will ensure that all survivors of violent crimes and their family members, in addition to survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and gender-based violence, can benefit from unpaid, employment-guaranteed leave. and receive voluntary leave benefits, and receive accommodations and protections against discrimination or reprisal in the workplace, ”said State Representative Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston.
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