Even if you do not qualify for an order of protection or injunction, 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 of protection through the criminal court. Remember that even if you do have an order of protection or injunction, you can still report him/her to the police if you believe s/he committed a crime against you.
In our Abuse Using Technology section, you can learn the types of behaviors that are considered a misuse of technology. Some of these behaviors might be recognized as a crime depending on the specific laws of your state.
Here is a list of some possible crimes in Arizona that the abuser may have committed. You can click on the links to read the legal definition of the crime on our State Statutes page:
- domestic violence
- unlawful imprisonment
- interference with custody
- unlawful disclosure of nude/sexual images
- surreptitious photographing, videotaping, filming or digitally recording or viewing
- sexual assault
- violent sexual assault
- sexual abuse
- sexual conduct with a minor
- molestation of a child
- continuous sexual abuse of a child
- criminal trespass (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)
- criminal damage to property
- use of an electronic communication to terrify, intimidate, threaten or harass
- interception of wire, electronic, and oral communications
- identity theft
- indecent exposure
- public sexual indecency
- sexual extortion
- taking child for the purpose of prostitution
- commercial sexual exploitation of a minor
- sexual exploitation of a minor
- luring a minor for sexual exploitation
- aggravated luring a minor for sexual exploitation
- sex trafficking.
The Office of the Arizona Attorney General website also provides information for victims, including a Crime Victims’ Guide and a summary of Crime Victims’ Rights Laws.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our AZ 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 Abuse Victims Charged with Crimes page.
Other organizations for victims of crime are listed on our National Organizations - Crime Victims page.