A Stalking No Contact Order is a legal document that stops someone else from stalking someone.
Stalking is any activity that makes someone fear for their safety or become distressed. It must happen more than once to be stalking.
Some examples of stalking are:
- Contact which started or has continued without the victim's consent
- Following the victim
- Approaching or confronting the victim
- Going to the victim's workplace, residence, or property
- Delivering things to the victim or to the victim's property
- Repeatedly calling the victim (or their home or employment) by telephone or contacting them by mail, e-mail, or social media
- Damaging the victim's property or harming their pet
A Stalking No Contact Order makes it illegal for a stalker to contact the victim without the victim's permission. Effective January 1, 2018, it is also illegal for a stalker to use another person to contact the victim without the victim's permission.
In a Stalking No Contact Order, a judge orders the stalker to not do any of these to a victim:
- Follow or monitor them
- Threaten them
- Talk or write to them, or talk and write to other people about them (by mail, phone, text, e-mail or social media)
- Interfere with or damage their property
- Interfere with their pet
- Come near them in public or on private property
- Show up at their work, home, school or daycare
- Possess a Firearm Owner's' Identification (FOID) card, or possess or buy firearms
A Stalking No Contact Order can be requested by:
- Any person who is the victim of stalking; or
- Any person on the behalf of a child or disabled or elderly adult who is the victim of stalking.
If you are a victim of rape, sexual assault, or sexual abuse then you should seek a Sexual Assault Civil No Contact Order.
You can also find agencies that specialize in helping stalking victims by visiting the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
You can learn how to protect your digital devices like computers and cell phones with the Technology Safety & Privacy Toolkit from the National Network to End Domestic Violence.