In Illinois, there are numerous types of violent crimes. But only certain types of violent actions are classified as domestic violence crimes. That’s why you should understand the laws concerning domestic violence and what might in store for you if you’re convicted of a domestic violence crime.
Here are five things you might not know about domestic violence laws in Illinois.
For a crime to be considered a domestic violence crime, the offender and the victim have to have a specific relationship. The Illinois Domestic Violence Act describes the specific types of relationships that qualify for domestic violence. If you are involved in one of these relationships and you commit and act of violence, you can be charged with domestic violence:
Married, divorced, or separated spouses
Current or former dating relationship
Parent or stepparent and child or stepchild
Parents who have children together
Family relatives by blood
Relatives by blood through a child
Current or former roommates
Caregiver and disabled or elderly adult
You can be charged with “interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.” If you have committed an act of domestic violence and you knowingly prevent or attempt to prevent the victim or a witness from calling 911, getting medical help, or contacting a police officer, you can be charged with interfering with the reporting of domestic violence.…