Even if you do not qualify for an order of protection, the abuser may have committed a crime. If you call the police, they may arrest him/her for a crime and you may get an order or protection through the criminal court. Remember that even if you do have a protection 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 Arkansas 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:
- Interference with visitation
- Interference with custody
- Interference with court-ordered custody
- Battery (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)
- Aggravated assault
- Assault (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)
- Sexual assault (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th degree)
- Unlawful distribution of sexual images or recordings
- Sexual extortion
- Domestic battering (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)
- Aggravated assault on a family or household member
- Assault on a family or household member (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)
- Criminal trespass
- Harassing communications
- Interception and recording of communications
- Video voyeurism.
The Arkansas Crime Victims Information Center has information on crime victims’ rights and services.
For information on crime victims’ compensation in Arkansas, visit the Department of Public Safety’s Crime Victim Reparations website.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our AR 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.