Even if you do not qualify for a domestic violence protective order (DVPO) or a peace 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 a peace 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 Maryland 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:
- assault (1st degree and 2nd degree)
- rape (1st and 2nd degree)
- sexual offense (3rd and 4th degree)
- revenge porn prohibited
- misuse of telephone facilities and equipment
- misuse of electronic mail
- visual surveillance
- visual surveillance with prurient intent
- camera surveillance
- malicious destruction
- child abduction within the state of Maryland & removing the child from Maryland (see here for penalties)
- child kidnapping
- identity fraud
- sex trafficking
- forced marriage.
The Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services of Maryland has a Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. You can visit them on the web or call (410) 585-3010 or toll-free (888)-679-9347.
You can read about victims’ rights in the criminal justice system through Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our MD 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.