Even if you do not qualify for an order for protection or a workplace violence restraining 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 an order for protection or a workplace violence restraining order, you can still report him/her to the police if you believe s/he committed a crime against you.
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.
Here is a list of some possible crimes in Indiana 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:
- Distribution of an intimate image
- Domestic battery
- Criminal stalking
- Criminal confinement
- Interference with custody
- Child molesting
- Child exploitation
- Vicarious sexual gratification; fondling in the presence of a minor
- Child solicitation
- Child seduction
- Sexual battery
- Sexual misconduct with a minor
- Invasion of privacy
- Unlawful possession of firearm by domestic batterer
- Identity deception
- Synthetic identity deception (when a person uses pieces of your identifying information to create a false identity).
The Indiana Attorney General runs a Victim Assistance Division, which provides information on victims’ rights and services. You can also call them at (800) 258-0993.
For information on victims’ compensation in Indiana, visit the Victim Compensation Division, or contact them by telephone at (800) 353-1484.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our Indiana 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 Abused Victims Charged with Crimes page.
Other organizations for victims of crime are listed on our National Organizations - Crime Victims page.