Brauer backs bill to crack down on Domestic Violence/protect victims from abusers
August 7, 2013, State Representative Rich Brauer today announced support for new laws that have been signed to strengthen the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986. The new measures are designed to crack down on domestic violence in Illinois by increasing penalties for repeat offenders and protecting victims from abusers.
House Bill 958 increases the penalties for domestic violence by classifying domestic violence as a felony if the defendant has a prior domestic violence conviction. The felony classification is more severe if the defendant has more than one prior conviction, with a sentence of up to 14 years for four or more convictions. Many domestic violence cases are currently considered as misdemeanors. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.
House Bill 3300 protects domestic violence victims who are covered by their abusers’ insurance policies. The law allows insurance companies to communicate with the victims in ways that do not divulge personal information or current addresses to their abusers. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.
House Bill 3236 extends the reporting deadline for the Task Force to Eradicate Domestic Violence to April 1, 2014. The task force is developing a statewide prevention program aimed at adolescent violence. The law takes effect immediately.
Resources available for domestic violence victims in the 87th District:
In Logan County, A Court Advocate assists victims of domestic violence. The office is in Room 10 of the Logan County Courthouse. (217) 732–8988.
In Sangamon County, Sojourn Shelter assists in finding shelter for victims and helps them through the court process at (217) 726-5200.
In Tazewell County, The Center for Prevention of Abuse Hotline is (800) 559-7233.
State of Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline: (877) TO END DV or (877) 863-6338.