Even if you do not qualify for a protective order for domestic abuse, a protective order for stalking or a sexual assault 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 or an injunction against abuse, 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 Louisiana 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 battery
- domestic abuse aggravated assault
- battery of a dating partner
- aggravated assault upon a dating partner
- violation of protective orders
- video voyeurism
- nonconsensual disclosure of a private image
- telephone communications; improper language; harassment
- possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies
- simple kidnapping
- interference with the custody of a child
- interception and disclosure of wire, electronic, or oral communications
- identity theft
- first degree rape
- second degree rape
- third degree rape
- sexual battery
- second degree sexual battery
- misdemeanor sexual battery
- oral sexual battery
- female genital mutilation
- human trafficking
- trafficking of children for sexual purposes
- felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile (statutory rape)
- misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile (statutory rape)
- indecent behavior with juveniles
- pornography involving juveniles
- molestation of a juvenile or a person with a physical or mental disability
- enticing persons into prostitution
- crime against nature
- aggravated crime against nature
- tracking devices prohibited.
The Louisiana Office of the Attorney General runs a Victims' Rights program, which provides information on victims' rights and services. You can also call them at (225) 326-6200.
For information on victims' compensation in Louisiana, visit the Crime Victim Reparations website, or contact them by telephone at (225) 326-6200.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff's department, or district attorney's office. See our LA 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.