Even if you do not qualify for an order of protection, 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 order of protection, 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 Illinois 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:
- Unlawful visitation or parenting time interference
- Child abduction
- Unlawful restraint
- Aggravated assault
- Aggravated battery
- Domestic battery
- Aggravated domestic battery
- Violation of an order of protection
- Criminal trespass to real property
- Unlawful use or possession of weapons
- Unlawful possession of firearms and firearm ammunition
- Non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images
- Identity theft
- False personation.
The Office of the Attorney General runs a Crime Victim Compensation Program that may be able to provide you monetary compensation for some of the associated costs of being a victim of crime. The Illinois Attorney General has a Crime Victim’s Assistance Line 1-800-228-3368 for more information on the programs and services offered to crime victims.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our IL 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.