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Legal Information: Illinois

Workplace Protections

Updated: 
July 10, 2020

What are the legal definitions of domestic, sexual, and gender violence?

For the purpose of this law, domestic violence is defined as:

  • physical abuse;
  • harassment;
  • intimidation of a dependent;
  • interference with personal liberty; or
  • willful deprivation.1

For the purpose of this law, sexual violence is defined as any act described in any of the following crimes, regardless of whether the act resulted in criminal charges, a prosecution, or a conviction:

For the purpose of this law, gender violence is defined as any of the following, regardless of whether the act resulted in criminal charges, a prosecution, or a conviction:

  • a criminal act that is committed, at least in part, on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived sex or gender;
  • a criminal act that involves a physical intrusion/invasion of a sexual nature under “coercive conditions;” or
  • a threat to commit one of the acts described above, which causes the victim to realistically fear that the act will be committed.3

​1 820 ILCS 180/10(6); 60/103(1)
​2 820 ILCS 180/10(5), (20)
3
820 ILCS 180/10(5), (12.5)