Even if you do not qualify for a personal protection order (PPO) 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 personal protection order, you can still report him/her to the police if you believe s/he committed a crime against you.
In our Abuse Using Technology section, you can learn the types of behaviors that are considered a misuse of technology. Some of these behaviors might be recognized as a crime depending on the specific laws of your state.
Here is a list of some possible crimes in Michigan 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:
- Criminal sexual conduct (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th degree)
- Unlawful imprisonment
- Taking or retaining child by adoptive or natural parent
- Assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct
- Assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder
- Assault with intent to commit murder
- Assault and battery
- Assault; infliction of serious or aggravated injury
- Trespass upon land or premises of another
- Aggravated stalking
- Posting messages through electronic medium without consent
- Dissemination of sexually explicit visual material of another
- Tracking device; placement or installment on motor vehicle without consent
- Unauthorized use of personal identifying information.
The Department of Community Health has information on crime victims’ compensation and rights of crime victims, including information about the Michigan Crime Victim Notification Network.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our MI 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 Abuse Victims Charged with Crimes page.
Other organizations for victims of crime are listed on our National Organizations - Crime Victims page.