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Legal Information: Illinois

Housing Laws

Updated: 
April 27, 2018

Who is protected by these housing laws?

Illinois’ housing laws (known as the “Safe Homes Act”) protects adult or child victims of domestic violence by a family or household member and victims of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and stalking.*

For the purposes of these laws, domestic violence includes:

- physical abuse
- harassment
- intimidation of a dependent
- interference with personal liberty
- willful deprivation.**

For the purposes of these laws, sexual violence means any act of:

- sexual assault
- sexual abuse
- non-consensual sexual conduct
- non-consensual sexual penetration
- stalking
- aggravated stalking
- criminal sexual assault,
- aggravated criminal sexual assault
- predatory criminal sexual assault of a child
- criminal sexual abuse
- aggravated criminal sexual abuse.***

* 765 ILCS 750/5
** 765 ILCS 750/10; 750 ILCS 60/103(1)
*** 765 ILCS 750/10