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MEDIA ADVISORYSPRINGFIELD — Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault often face immense pressure when taking the courageous step to file an order of protection against their abuser.

To give survivors a safer, more comfortable way to file for a protective order, State Senator Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) is leading a measure to allow people to request such documentation through virtual means. He will discuss how it will impact survivors at a press conference Wednesday.

“The weight of trauma a survivor carries becomes detrimental as they struggle to cope with grief and take the steps necessary to begin to heal,” Stadelman said. “By giving survivors an opportunity to file for protective orders at their own pace in the safety of their own home, we are giving them the keys to move forward.”

WHO: State Senator Steve Stadelman, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault Executive Director Carrie Ward, and Executive Director of The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence Amanda Pyron

WHAT: Press conference on Senate Bill 3667

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Blue Room, Illinois State Capitol and live on