What are some crimes that the abuser may have committed?
Some states have a specific crime of "domestic violence," and others do not. Note: Even if there is a crime of domestic violence, the definition of that crime may not be the same as the definition of domestic violence used for getting a restraining order. Check the restraining order pages for your state under our Know the Laws page for more information on the definition of domestic violence for getting a restraining order.
Whether or not a state has a specific crime of domestic violence, it will have other crimes that the abuser may have committed. 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. Crimes in your state may include:
- Threats (or menacing)
- Criminal coercion
- Unlawful imprisonment
- Sexual offenses (e.g., sexual assault, rape)