Throughout her career, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon has been a tireless advocate for victims of domestic violence. As an Assistant State’s Attorney in Jackson County, she prosecuted domestic violence cases, and as professor at Southern Illinois University’s School of Law, she helped launch a domestic violence clinic to train law students and to serve clients at no cost. The clinic now operates a second site at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Lt. Governor Simon will continue working to develop tools and resources for survivors and families affected by domestic violence.
Pilot a Virtual Legal Clinic
Lt. Governor Simon worked with the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence to pilot the state's first Virtual Legal Clinic for domestic violence survivors in December 2011 at the Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria. Two additional domestic violence agencies will come online in 2012. The objective of the Virtual Legal Clinic is to connect survivors who may not have access to legal representation to attorneys skilled in family law. Via webcam, the attorneys provide a single consultation on matters including divorce, child custody, visitation or other matters.
Review the Illinois Domestic Violence Act
Illinois laws provide more protection to a wider range of victims than do the laws of many other states. However, there is more work to be done. Lt. Governor Simon will work with stakeholders and volunteer legal experts to make sure that our laws reach all victims, cover all forms of abuse and harassment, and provide effective remedies.