Even if you do not qualify for a protective 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, 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 Mississippi 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:
- Simple and aggravated assault; simple and aggravated domestic violence
- Noncustodial parent or relative removing or holding child out of state
- Statutory rape; drugging; spousal rape
- Sexual battery
- Stalking and aggravated stalking
- Possession by felon
- Identity theft
- Online impersonation.
The Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Division provides financial assistance to victims of crime and their family members. The goal of the division is to provide a method of compensating and assisting those persons who are innocent victims of criminal acts and who suffer bodily injury or death. In addition, the Division provides information referrals and advocacy outreach programs. You can also call them at 601-359-3680. You can find the application online.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections has a Handbook for Victims of Crime, which explains the trial process, bail, grand jury proceedings, and much more.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our MS 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.