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The Act redefines the offense of stalking to include conduct that puts a victim in fear of his or her safety, rather than just conduct that puts the victim in fear of death or bodily harm. The Act also authorizes permanent restraining orders and permanent protective orders, and adds that violation of such orders constitutes aggravated stalking. The Act increases the maximum penalty for both stalking and aggravated stalking from five to ten years. The Act requires consideration of the offender's entire criminal record before sentencing for a conviction of stalking or aggravated stalking and authorizes sentencing judges to require a psychological evaluation of the offender. In addition, the Act authorizes psychological treatment as part of the sentence or as a condition for stay or suspension of sentence or for probation. The Act provides for temporary ex parte relief and allows for the conversion of temporary orders into permanent orders.

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