Even if you do not qualify for one of the many protection orders available in Maine, 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 protection from abuse order or a protection from harassment 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 Maine 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:
- Felony murder
- Aiding or soliciting suicide
- Domestic violence criminal threatening
- Domestic violence assault
- Domestic violence terrorizing
- Domestic violence stalking
- Domestic violence reckless conduct
- Aggravated assault
- Criminal threatening
- Reckless conduct
- Gross sexual assault
- Sexual abuse of minors
- Criminal restraint
- Criminal restraint by parent
- Harassment by telephone
- Unauthorized dissemination of certain private images
- Violation of privacy
- Aggravated criminal mischief
- Criminal mischief
- Sex trafficking
- Aggravated sex trafficking
- Misuse of identification
- Interception of oral communications.
The Maine State Department of Corrections runs a Victim Services program, which provides information on victims' rights and services. You can also call them at (800) 968-6909.
For information on victims' compensation in Maine, visit the Maine Crime Victims' Compensation Program website, which is run by the Attorney General, or contact them by telephone at (207) 624-7882.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff's department, or district attorney's office. See our ME 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.