Even if you do not qualify for a protection order or a disorderly conduct restraining order, 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 a protection order or a disorderly conduct restraining order, you can still report him/her to the police if you believe s/he committed a crime against you.
If the abuser has misused technology in a way that you believe may be a crime, go to our Abuse Using Technology section to learn what types of behaviors are covered under criminal state laws.
Here is a list of some possible crimes in North Dakota 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:
- simple assault
- sexual assault
- distribution of intimate images without or against consent
- removal of child from state in violation of custody decree
- human trafficking
- theft and related offenses
- unauthorized use of personal identifying information.
The North Dakota Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation runs a Victim Services Program, which provides information on victims’ rights and services. You can also call them at (701) 328-6183 or toll-free at (888) 568-4410.
For information on victims’ compensation in North Dakota, visit the North Dakota Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation’s Crime Victims Compensation website, or contact them by telephone at (800) 445-2322.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our ND 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 Battered Women Charged with Crimes page.
Other organizations for victims of crime are listed on our National Organizations - Crime Victims page.