Even if you do not qualify for a restraining order (known as a relief from abuse 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 restraining order, 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 Connecticut 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 violation of a protective order
- Criminal violation of a restraining order
- Criminal violation of a standing criminal protective order
- Assault (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)
- Assault of an elderly, blind, disabled or pregnant person or a person with intellectual disability (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)
- Assault of an elderly, blind, disabled or pregnant person or a person with intellectual disability in the second degree with a firearm
- Assault of a pregnant woman resulting in termination of pregnancy
- Assault in the second degree with a firearm
- Strangulation or suffocation (1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree)
- Threatening (1st and 2nd degree)
- Reckless endangerment (1st and 2nd degree)
- Aggravated sexual assault (1st degree)
- Aggravated sexual assault of a minor
- Sexual assault (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th degree)
- Sexual assault in the third degree with a firearm
- Kidnapping (1st and 2nd degree)
- Kidnapping with a firearm (1st and 2nd degree)
- Unlawful restraint (1st and 2nd degree)
- Criminal trespass (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)
- Stalking (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)
- Harassment (1st and 2nd degree)
- Custodial interference (1st and 2nd degree)
- Tampering with private communications
- Disseminating voyeuristic material
- Unlawful dissemination of an intimate image
- Illegal possession [of a controlled substance]
- Riot in the first degree
- Riot in the second degree
- Inciting to riot
- Breach of the peace in the second degree
- Disorderly conduct.
The State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Library provides information on victims’ rights and services.
For information on victims’ compensation in Connecticut, visit the Office of Victim Services website.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our CT 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.