Even if you do not qualify for a protection from abuse order (PFA), 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 PFA, 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 Alabama that the abuser may have committed. You can click on the links to read the legal definition of the crime in our State Statutes page:
- Domestic violence (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)
- Domestic violence by strangulation or suffocation
- Assault (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)
- Reckless endangerment
- Criminal coercion
- Interference with custody
- Kidnapping (1st and 2nd degree)
- Unlawful imprisonment (1st and 2nd degree)
- Rape (1st and 2nd degree)
- Sodomy (1st and 2nd degree)
- Sexual misconduct
- Sexual torture
- Sexual abuse (1st and 2nd degree)
- Sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old
- Indecent exposure
- Criminal trespass (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)
- Harassment or harassing communications
- Stalking (1st and 2nd degree)
- Aggravated stalking (1st and 2nd degree)
- Interference with a domestic violence emergency call
- Criminal surveillance
- Aggravated criminal surveillance
- Criminal eavesdropping
- Criminal impersonation
- Installing eavesdropping device
- Identity theft
- Distributing a private image with intent to harass, threaten, coerce, or intimidate the person depicted
- Sexual extortion.
The Office of the Attorney General of Alabama runs an Office of Victim Assistance. For more information on victims' rights and victims' services in Alabama, you can call their hotline, 1-800-626-7676, or visit their website here.
Visit the Alabama Crime Victim’s Compensation Commission website to learn about the availability of financial assistance for victims of crime in Alabama.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff's department, or district attorney's office. See our AL 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.