Domestic Violence and the Law

The attorneys of Murphy & Dunn, P.C. in Peoria, Illinois, represent good people at some of the worst moments of their lives. We help victims of domestic violence obtain the legal protections they need to stay safe. We also represent people who have been wrongly accused of domestic violence.

What Is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence includes physical force against a member of your household or someone with whom you had a personal relationship. Harassment and verbal threats that cause you to believe you are in danger of physical harm are also forms of domestic violence. We represent clients in cases of domestic violence involving:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Sexual assault
  • Stalking
  • Spousal abuse
  • Child neglect or abuse
  • Harassment in person or by mail, phone, e-mail or other electronic means
  • Kidnapping or concealment of children.

Keeping Victims of Violence Safe

Domestic violence can be a life-or-death issue. That is why we take prompt action to protect our clients. If you are the victim of domestic violence, please contact our law firm. We can obtain an order of protection that can help keep you and other members of your family safe.

Representing Clients Who Have Been Falsely Accused

We recognize that false allegations of domestic violence are sometimes made in order to gain an advantage in a divorce or other dispute. Domestic violence allegations have serious immediate and long-term consequences. You must leave your home, you won't be treated equally in divorce proceedings and, if convicted, you won't be able to own or carry a firearm. Please contact our law firm if you have been falsely accused of domestic violence.

How Protection Orders Work in Illinois

It's not unusual for one of the parties in a divorce - often but not always the woman - to seek an Order of Protection against the other spouse. These orders can provide needed protection for victims of domestic violence. However, they can also be abused in order to obtain the upper hand in a divorce or child custody case.

At Murphy & Dunn, P.C. in Peoria, Illinois, G. Edward Murphy and his tram of attorneys offer an initial consultation to explain how to obtain an Order of Protection and the effect it would have on you and your spouse. An Order of Protection can be obtained not only for physical abuse, but also for threats, intimidation and concealment of children.

An Order With Serious Consequences

Every county in Illinois has an order of protection office for victims of domestic violence. A judge can grant a temporary protection order (also known as an Emergency Order of Protection) for up to three weeks based solely on the testimony of one party. The court will then schedule a hearing to determine whether to make the order permanent. These issues involve major consequences to both parties and to the children of a marriage. They can affect your ability to live in your home, see your children, possess a firearm, coach your child's athletic team, and many more issues. You need an experienced trial attorney on your side for these issues.

For further information, please fill out our Contact Us form, e-mail us at, or call us at 309.674.5551 to schedule your free initial office consultation at either of our two convenient office locations.