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Illinois Enacts Major Law Reforms  

Author:  Katie Utehs Panzer.

Source: Volume 27, Number 04, April/May 2022 , pp.57-58(2)

Domestic Violence Report

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The state of Illinois recently expanded protections for survivors of intimate partner violence. Governor Jay Robert (J.B.) Pritzker signed seven domestic violence-related bills into law in August 2021. This article highlights the importance of these various new laws, which demonstrate significant support for victims of intimate partner violence expanding employment discrimination protections, providing a funding mechanism in divorce proceedings, acknowledging teen dating violence and establishing new commissions on fatality review and forensic testing considering additional legislation to address shortfalls in existing DV laws.

Keywords: Fatality Review; Employment Discrimination Protection; Forensic Testing; Teen Dating Violence; Access to Divorce Counsel; Orders of Protection: “Hope Cards”

Affiliations:  1: UC Hastings College of the Law.

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