Even if you do not qualify for an order for protection or a harassment restraining 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 order for protection or a harassment restraining 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 Minnesota that the abuser may have committed. You can click on the links to read the legal definition of each crime on our Selected Minnesota Statutes page:
- Depriving another of custodial or parental rights
- Domestic assault
- Assault (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th degree)
- Falsely reporting child abuse
- Obscene or harassing telephone calls
- Nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images
- Criminal defamation
- Identity theft.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety offers links to various resources for crime victims, including informational brochures on topics such as restitution, making a victim impact statement, etc.
For information on victims’ compensation in Minnesota, visit the Office of Justice Programs’ Crime Victims Reparations Board website, or contact them by telephone at (651) 201-7300 or 1-888-622-8799.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our MN 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.