Even if you do not qualify for an 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 a restraining order through the criminal court. Remember that even if you do have an injunction, you can still report the abuser 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 Florida 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:
- Aggravated assault
- False imprisonment
- Aggravated battery
- Aggravated stalking
- Interference with custody
- Sexual battery
- A lewd or lascivious act committed upon or in the presence of a person younger than 16 years of age
- Luring or enticing a child
- Sexual performance by a child
- Sexual cyberharassment
- Video voyeurism
- Interception and disclosure of wire, oral, or electronic communications
- Obtaining property by false personation
- Home or private business invasion by false personation
- Making false statement to obtain property or credit
- Criminal use of personal identification information
- Unlawful possession of the personal identification information of another person.
For information about victims’ rights, services, and compensation in Florida, contact the Division of Victim Services of the Office of the Attorney General of Florida. You can also reach them at their toll-free number 1-800-226-6667.
The Victim Services Office of the Florida Department of Corrections offers information on a victim’s rights to be notified of an offender’s release date and location. You can visit their website here, or call their toll-free number at 1-877-8-VICTIM (1-877-884-2846).
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our FL 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.