Even if you do not qualify for a protection 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 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 Colorado 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:
- assault (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)
- kidnapping (1st and 2nd degree)
- false imprisonment
- domestic violence
- posting a private image for harassment
- posting a private image for pecuniary gain
- sexual assault
- unlawful sexual contact
- sexual assault on a child
- violating a protection order
- invasion of privacy
- identity theft.
- enticement of a child
- incest or aggravated incest
- human trafficking of a minor for sexual servitude
- sexual exploitation of children or procurement of a child for sexual exploitation
- indecent exposure
- soliciting for child prostitution, pandering of a child, procurement of a child, keeping a place of child prostitution, pimping of a child, inducement of child prostitution, or patronizing a prostituted child
- internet luring of a child
- internet sexual exploitation of a child
- public indecency
- invasion of privacy for sexual gratification
- unlawful electronic sexual communication by a person in a position of trust
- violation of custody order or order relating to parental responsibilities.
For information on Crime Victim Compensation, you can go to the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice website. In addition, the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance provides a directory to find crime victim services throughout Colorado.
Voices of Victims is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping victims of violent crimes after the legal proceedings are over. They can help you navigate the legal system and provide emotional support. To contact them, please call (303) 777-0112.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our CO 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.