Even if you do not qualify for an order of protection, 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 of protection, 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 Missouri 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:
- Private peace disturbance
- Domestic assault (1st degree, 2nd degree, 3rd degree, 4th degree)
- Sexual misconduct (1st degree, 2nd degree)
- Sexual abuse (1st degree, 2nd degree)
- Sexual assault (1st degree, 2nd degree)
- Statutory rape (1st degree, 2nd degree)
- Rape in the 1st degree
- Rape in the 2nd degree
- Interference with custody, parental kidnapping and child abduction (but see Defenses to interference with custody, parental kidnapping and child abduction)
- Harassment (1st degree, 2nd degree)
- Stalking (1st degree, 2nd degree)
- Unlawful posting of certain information over the Internet
- Invasion of privacy
- Tampering with computer data
- Identity theft
- Nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images.
The Missouri Office of the Attorney General’s website provides information on victims’ rights and services. You can also call them at 573-751-0309.
For information on victims’ compensation in Missouri, visit the Department of Public Safety’s Crime Victims’ Compensation Program website or contact them by telephone at (573) 526-6006.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our MO 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.