Legal Information: General


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:

  • Assault
  • Threats (or menacing)
  • Endangerment
  • Criminal coercion
  • Kidnapping
  • Unlawful imprisonment
  • Sexual offenses (e.g., sexual assault, rape)
  • Trespassing
  • Harassment
  • Stalking.