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 Montana 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:
- Deliberate homicide
- Mitigated deliberate homicide
- Aggravated assault
- Partner or family member assault
- Custodial interference
- Sexual assault
- Sexual intercourse without consent
- Aggravated promotion of prostitution
- Endangering welfare of children
- Violation of order of protection
- Interference with parent-child contact
- Aggravated interference with parent-child contact
- Parenting interference
- Privacy in communications
- Surreptitious visual observation or recordation
- Theft of identity.
The Montana Department of Justice runs a Crime Victim Advocates program, in which advocates can help victims recover property or restitution; explain court proceedings; provide crisis counseling, emotional support and guidance; inform victims of their rights; advocate to a victim's employer if a victim has to miss work because of a trial; and provide additional information and support.
For information on victims' compensation in Montana, visit the Crime Victim Compensation website or contact them by telephone at (406) 444-3653 or 1-800-498-6455.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff's department, or district attorney's office. See our MT 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.