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If you have a current Protection From Abuse Order (PFA) from a court against your abuser, or if your abuser has been convicted of a felony or domestic violence misdemeanor, then Federal law states that it is illegal for your abuser to buy or have a gun in their possession.

You MUST ASK THE JUDGE to specifically write in your order that the abuser cannot buy or have a gun while the order is in effect and to require that your abuser to give any guns to the police, or require the police to go to the abuser's house and get them. The guns then go to either the county sheriff or court clerk of stolen property. The district attorney in the county where the gun(s) was taken away can then file to have them destroyed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the domestic violence agency in your area immediately.

Illinois Unemployment Law Protects Victims of Domestic Violence.

Chapter 820 Illinois Codified Statutes 405/601 provides that leaving work due to circumstances resulting from being a victim of domestic violence as defined in Section 103 of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986; is good cause, provided such individual has made reasonable efforts to preserve the employment. To meet criteria as a domestic violence victim, you should provide your employer with written notice of the reason for leaving; and provide the unemployment office with (A) an order of protection or other documentation issued by a court; or (B) a police report or criminal charges documenting the domestic violence; or (C) medical documentation of the domestic violence; or (D) evidence of domestic violence from a counselor, social worker, health worker or domestic violence shelter worker. For more info contact 1-888-367-4382.

Illinois Domestic Violence Advocates & Support Contacts
STATEWIDEThe Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Adams CountyQuanada800-369-2287
Alexander CountyCairo Women's Center618-734-4357
Bond CountyPhoenix Crisis Center (Granite City)
Oasis Women's Center (Alton)
Boone CountyPHASE/WAVE815-962-6102
Brown CountyQuanada (Quincy)800-369-2287
Bureau CountyFreedom House (Princeton)800-474-6031
Calhoun CountyOasis Women's Center (Alton)618-465-1978
Carroll CountyCHOICES888-535-9922
Cass CountyCrisis Center Foundation (Jacksonville)217-243-4357
Champaign CountyA Woman's Fund (Urbana)217-384-4390
Christian CountySojourn Shelter (Springfield)217-726-5200
Clark CountyHOPE of East Central (Charleston)888-345-3990
Clay CountySWAN Services (Olney)888-715-6260
Clinton CountyPAVE800-924-8444
Coles CountyHOPE of East Central (Charleston)888-345-3990
Cook County CAWC
Community Crisis Center (Elgin)
Family Rescue
Friends of Battered Women
Korean Women in Need
Life Span (Des Plaines)
Metropolitan Family Services
Muheres Latinas en Accion
Neopolitan Lighthouse
The Pillars/Morris House (Summit)
Rainbow House
Sarah's Inn (Oak Park)
S. Suburbia Crisis Center (Tinley Park)
Suburban Family Shelter (Homewood)
WINGS program
Women's Counseling Center
YWCA of North Shore (Evanston)
Crawford CountySWAN888-715-6260
Cumberland CountyHOPE (Charleston)888-345-3990
De Witt CountyDove, Inc.217-423-2238
DeKalb CountySafe Passage815-756-5228
Douglas CountyA Woman's Fund (Urbana)217-384-4390
Du Page County Family Shelter Service (Wheaton)
The Pillars Community Service (Summit)
Edgar CountyHOPE of East Central IL888-345-3990
Edwards CountySWAN618-392-8406
Effingham CountySWAN618-392-8406
Fayette CountyPAVE (Centralia)800-924-8444
Ford CountyA Woman's Fund (Urbana)217-384-4390
Franklin CountyThe Women's Center618-529-2324
Fulton CountyFulton-Mason Crisis Service 309-647-8311
Gallatin CountyBixby Women's Center (Harrisburg)800-421-8456
Greene CountyCrisis Center Foundation (Jacksonville)217-243-4357
Grundy CountyGuardian Angel Home (Joliet)815-729-1228
Hamilton CountyBixby Women's Center (Harrisburg)800-421-8456
Hancock CountyWIRCCAA Victim Services (Macomb)309-837-5555
Hardin CountyBixby Women's Center (Harrisburg)800-421-8456
Henderson CountyWIRCCAA Victim Services309-837-5555
Henry CountyFreedom House (Princeton)800-474-6031
Iroquois CountyHarbor House (Kankakee)815-932-5800
Jackson CountyThe Women's Center (Carbondale)800-334-2094
Jasper CountySWAN888-715-6260
Jefferson CountyPAVE800-924-8444
Jersey CountyOasis Women's Center800-244-1978
Jo Davies CountyCHOICES (Galena)888-535-9922
Johnson CountyBixby Women's Center (Harrisburg)800-421-8456
Kane County Community Crisis Center (Elgin)
Mutual Ground (Aurora)
Kankakee CountyHarbor House815-932-5800
Kendall CountyMutual Ground630-897-0080
Knox CountySafe Harbor Family Crisis Center309-343-7233
LaSalle CountyADV (Streator)800-892-3375
Lake CountyA Safe Place (Waukegan)847-249-4450
Lawrence CountySWAN888-715-6260
Lee CountyHOPE of Rochelle815-562-8890
Lee CountyYWCA of Sauk Valley (Dixon)815-288-1011
Livingston CountyADV800-892-3375
Logan CountySojourn Shelter and Service (Springfield)217-726-5200
Macon CountyDove, Inc. (Decatur)217-423-2238
Macoupin CountyOasis Women's Center800-244-1978
Madison CountyPhoenix Crisis Center (Granite City)618-451-1008
Marion CountyPAVE800-924-8444
Marshall CountyFreedom House (Princeton)800-474-6031
Mason CountyFulton/Mason Crisis Service309-647-8311
Massac CountyCairo Women's Center618-734-4357
McDonough CountyWIRCCAA Victim Service (Macomb)309-837-5555
McHenry CountyTurning Point (Woodstock)815-338-8081
McLean CountyNeville House309-827-7070
Menard CountySojourn Shelter (Springfield)800-435-7438
Mercer CountyFamily Crisis Center (Aledo)309-582-7233
Monroe CountyViolence Prevention Center (Belleville)618-939-8114
Montgomery CountySojourn Shelter217-726-5200
Morgan CountyCrisis Center Foundation217-243-4357
Moultrie CountyHOPE of East Central IL (Charleston)888-345-3990
Ogle CountyHOPE of Rochelle815-562-8890
Peoria CountyCenter for Prevention of Abuse800-559-7233
Perry CountyThe Women's Center (Carbondale)800-334-2094
Piatt CountyA Woman's Fund217-384-4390
Pike CountyQuanada800-369-2287
Pope CountyBixby Women's Center800-421-8456
Pulaski CountyCairo Women's Center618-734-4357
Putnam CountyFreedom House800-474-6031
Randolph CountyViolence Prevention Center618-826-5959
Richland CountySWAN888-715-6260
Rock Island CountyFamily Resources309-797-1777
Saline CountyBixby Women's Center800-421-8456
Sangamon CountySojourn Shelter800-435-7438
Schuyler CountyQuanada800-369-2287
Scott CountyCrisis Center Foundation217-243-4357
Shelby CountyHOPE of East Central IL888-345-3990
St. Clair CountyViolence Prevention Center618-236-0892
Stark CountyFreedom House800-471-6031
Stephenson CountyYWCA VOICES (Freeport)815-235-1641
Tazewell CountyCenter for Prevention of Abuse (Peoria)800-559-7233
Union CountyThe Women's Center800-334-2094
Vermilion CountyYWCA Women's Alternative217-443-5566
Wabash CountySWAN888-715-6260
Warren CountyWIRCCAA Victim Services309-837-5555
Washington CountyPAVE800-924-8444
Wayne CountySWA888-715-6260
White CountyBixby Women's Center (Harrisburg)800-421-8456
Whiteside CountyYWCA Saulk Valley815-626-7277
Will County Guardian Angel Home (Joliet)
S. Suburban Family Shelter (Homewood)
Williamson CountyThe Women's Center800-334-2094
Winnebago CountyPHASE/WAVE (Rockford)815-962-6102
Woodford CountyCenter for Prevention of Abuse800-559-7233
Illinois Victim Assistance Resources

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Understand, and Deal
With People Who Try
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Domestic Violence Survival Guide
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Survival Guide

Emotional Blackmail: When the People in Your Life Use Fear, Obligation, and Guilt to Manipulate You
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When the People in
Your Life Use Fear,
Obligation, and Guilt
to Manipulate You
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