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.
If the abuser has mis-used 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.
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:
- Harassment (includes nonconsensual sharing of an intimate photograph or video)
- Domestic abuse assault
- Electronic and mechanical eavesdropping
- Identity theft.
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).
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff's department, or district attorney's office. See our IA 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 Battered Women Charged with Crimes page.
Other organizations for victims of crime are listed on our National Organizations - Crime Victims page.
You may want to contact the Stalking Resource Center if you are being stalked or harassed.