Even if you do not qualify for an order for protection or an injunction against harassment, the abuser may have committed a crime. If you call the police, they may arrest him/her for a crime and you may get a restraining order through the criminal court. Remember that even if you do have an order for protection or an injunction against harassment, you can still report him/her to the police if you believe s/he committed a crime against you.
In our Abuse Using Technology section, you can learn the types of behaviors that are considered a misuse of technology. Some of these behaviors might be recognized as a crime depending on the specific laws of your state.
Here is a list of some possible crimes in Hawaii that the abuser may have committed. You can click on the links to read the legal definition of each crime on our State Statutes page:
- Abuse of family or household members, which includes the non-physical act of “coercive control”
- Assault (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)
- Reckless endangering (1st and 2nd degree)
- Custodial interference (1st degree and 2nd degree)
- Unlawful imprisonment (1st and 2nd degree)
- Sexual assault (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th degree)
- Continuous sexual assault of a minor under the age of fourteen years
- Indecent exposure
- Promoting child abuse (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)
- Electronic enticement of a child (1st and 2nd degree)
- Indecent electronic display to a child
- Aggravated harassment by stalking
- Harassment by stalking
- Violation of privacy (1stand 2nd degree)
- Interception, access, and disclosure of wire, oral, or electronic communications, use of pen register, trap and trace device, and mobile tracking device prohibited
- Identity theft (1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree)
- Unauthorized possession of confidential personal information
- Harassment by impersonation.
The Department of Public Safety has a Restitution and Victim Services office that provides information, support, and referral assistance to crime victims.
For information on victims’ compensation in Hawaii, contact the Crime Victim Compensation Commission. You can also call them at (808) 587-1143.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our Hawaii Sheriff Departments page for the contact information for your local sheriff’s department.
If you are a victim of domestic violence and have been charged with a crime, you can go to our Abuse Victims Charged with Crimes page.
Other organizations for victims of crime are listed on our National Organizations - Crime Victims page.