Even if you do not qualify for an order of protection or a restraining order against stalking or 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 a domestic violence protective order or a civil no-contact 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 South Carolina 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:
- criminal definition of harassment (and penalties for harassment in the 1st degree and in the 2nd degree)
- criminal definition of stalking (and penalties for stalking)
- assault and battery
- criminal sexual conduct in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree
- criminal sexual conduct with minors in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree
- engaging a child for sexual performance
- producing, directing, or promoting sexual performance by a child
- assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct
- peeping, voyeurism, or aggravated voyeurism
- domestic violence in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree
- domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature
- spousal sexual battery
- criminal sexual conduct when victim is spouse
- custodial interference
- financial identify fraud or identity fraud
- indecent exposure
- trafficking in persons.
The South Carolina Office of the Attorney General has information on South Carolina Crime Victims’ Constitutional Rights.
For information on victims’ compensation in South Carolina, visit the Department of Crime Victim Compensation website.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our SC 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.