Even if you do not qualify for a protective 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 protective 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 Iowa 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:
- Domestic abuse assault
- Older individual assault
- Harassment (includes nonconsensual sharing of an intimate photograph or video)
- Unauthorized placement of global positioning device
- Electronic and mechanical eavesdropping
- Identity theft
- Violating custodial order
- Sexual exploitation of a minor.
The Iowa Office of the Attorney General runs a Crime Victim Assistance Division to provide services and assistance to victims of violent crimes. You can call them at 515-281-5044 (local) or 800-373-5044 (toll-free). Their website also provides links for victims’ services.
For information on victims’ compensation in Iowa, visit the Crime Victim Compensation Program website, or contact them by telephone at 515-281-5044 (local) or 800-373-5044 (toll-free).
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.