Gov. Pritzker signs law strengthening protection of domestic violence survivors

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a new law Wednesday that he says will help ensure the safety of survivors of domestic violence and their children.

“For too long, survivors of domestic violence have feared retaliation from their abusers while seeking refuge, but this new law takes a step forward in protecting victims as they write a new chapter in their lives,” said Pritzker. “Today’s action reaffirms our state’s commitment to empowering and supporting survivors and their families.”

The new law allows survivors to omit their address, whether it be a home address or the address of a domestic violence safe house, from court filings if it would risk their family’s safety.

SB399 takes effect on January 1, 2020.

“This milestone legislation will protect the safety and confidentiality of victims of domestic violence and their children,” said Rebecca Darr, CEO of the WINGS Program.

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