SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Victims of stalking and domestic violence who get an emergency no contact order can count on it being immediately handed over to law enforcement under legislation sponsored by state Rep. Joyce Mason, D-Gurnee, which took effect earlier this month.
“Women and men alike who find themselves in dangerous situations deserve immediate protection from both the courts and local police,” said Mason. “By eliminating the overnight delay between when an emergency stalking no contact order is issued and when it is filed with law enforcement, this new law helps ensure those in harm’s way are in safe hands.”
Mason’s House Bill 3396 makes changes to existing law to improve protections for people who are experiencing stalking victimization. Previously, if an emergency stalking no contact order was issued on a court holiday or in the evening, it did not need to be filed with law enforcement until the next business day, creating a time window in which a stalker’s behavior could escalate to pose a real threat of harm. Mason’s new law closes this loophole by requiring the order to be turned over to police immediately.
“Everyone deserves to feel safe in their home, at work or school, and while going about their daily life,” said Mason. “Stalking can quickly escalate into violent situations, and this legislation is a safeguard against that happening.”
For additional information, please contact Mason’s constituent service office at 847-485-9986 or email email@example.com.
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