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I am being harassed by an ex that just wont move on.

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I am being harassed by an ex that just won't move on. I have had to change my husband's and my cell phone numbers. He continues to send malicious and degrading emails and letters and refuses to stop when asked. In fact, I got a straight out "NO" relpy when I asked him to stop. Am I protected under any law from this? What can I do to open his eyes and get him to stop? I'm sure there has got to be something, but I'm too frustrated to think straight.
Thank you cuzosgroove for your question.

Harassment is a crime which give you the right to press charges against him for this continued behavior.

In addition, you can obtain a restraining order under the Illinois domestic violence laws which allows you to file for a civil order of protection when an ex is harassing you.

So based on the information you posted here you and your husband have good cause to press charges and for you to get a restraining order.

Harassment is defined for a civil order of protection as:

"Harassment" means knowing conduct which is not necessary to accomplish a purpose that is reasonable under the circumstances; would cause a reasonable person emotional distress; and does cause emotional distress to the petitioner. Unless the presumption is rebutted by a preponderance of the evidence, the following types of conduct shall be presumed to cause emotional distress:

(i) creating a disturbance at petitioner's place of employment or school;

(ii) repeatedly telephoning petitioner's place of employment, home or residence;

(iii) repeatedly following petitioner about in a public place or places;

(iv) repeatedly keeping petitioner under surveillance by remaining present outside his or her home, school, place of employment, vehicle or other place occupied by petitioner or by peering in petitioner's windows;

(v) improperly concealing a minor child from petitioner, repeatedly threatening to improperly remove a minor child of petitioner's from the jurisdiction or from the physical care of petitioner, repeatedly threatening to conceal a minor child from petitioner, or making a single such threat following an actual or attempted improper removal or concealment, unless respondent was fleeing an incident or pattern of domestic violence; or

(vi) threatening physical force, confinement or restraint on one or more occasions.

(8) "High-risk adult with disabilities" means a person aged 18 or over whose physical or mental disability impairs his or her ability to seek or obtain protection from abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

(9) "Interference with personal liberty" means committing or threatening physical abuse, harassment, intimidation or willful deprivation so as to compel another to engage in conduct from which she or he has a right to abstain or to refrain from conduct in which she or he has a right to engage.

(10) "Intimidation of a dependent" means subjecting a person who is dependent because of age, health or disability to participation in or the witnessing of: physical force against another or physical confinement or restraint of another which constitutes physical abuse as defined in this Act, regardless of whether the abused person is a family or household member.


To read more about getting the order of protection you can review the laws and access the forms here.

To read the criminal codes on this you can access the statutes here


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