Even if you do not qualify for a 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 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 mis-used 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 Rhode Island 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:
- Abduction of child prior to court order
- Crank or obscene telephone calls
- Possession of arms by person convicted of crime of violence
- Cyberstalking and cyberharassment
- Electronic tracking of motor vehicles.
The Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General runs a Victim Services Unit, which provides information on victims' rights and services for felony crime victims and their families You can also call them at (401) 274-4400.
The Rhode Island Department of Corrections runs an Office of Victim Services, which provides information on victims' rights and services for all crime victims whose offenders are currently in custody at the Adult Correctional Institutions. You can also call them at (401) 462-5203.
For information on victims' compensation in Rhode Island, visit the Rhode Island Office of the General Treasurer's website, or contact them by telephone at (401) 462-7650.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff's department, or district attorney's office. See our RI 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.
You may want to contact the Stalking Resource Center if you are being stalked or harassed.