Even if you do not qualify for an abuse prevention order or a harassment prevention 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 abuse prevention order or a harassment prevention 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 Massachusetts 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:
- Indecent assault and battery on a child under age of 14
- Indecent assault and battery on a person with an intellectual disability
- Indecent assault and battery on a person fourteen or older
- Kidnapping of a minor or incompetent by relative
- Criminal harassment
- Rape and abuse of a child
- Assault with intent to commit rape
- Assault of a child with intent to commit rape
- Drugging persons for sexual intercourse
- Photographing, videotaping or electronically surveilling partially nude or nude person or the sexual or other intimate parts of a person around the person’s clothing
- Dissemination or possession of obscene matter
- Identity fraud and false impersonation.
If you are the victim of a violent crime and you meet certain requirements, you may be eligible for monetary compensation for your expenses up to $25,000 per crime through the Victims of Violent Crime Compensation program of the Attorney General.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff's department, or district attorney's office. See our MA 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.