Even if you do not qualify for a protection 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 protection 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 Nebraska 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:
- assault in the first degree
- assault in the second degree
- assault in the third degree
- assault by strangulation or suffocation
- sexual assault; first degree
- sexual assault; second or third degree
- unlawful intrusion; photograph, film, or record image or video of intimate area; distribute or make public
- possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person
- criminal impersonation
- identity theft
- violation of custody.
The Nebraska Crime Commission has a booklet called a Victim’s Guide to the Nebraska Criminal Justice System. It provides information on the criminal justice system, an explanation of crime victims’ rights, a glossary of terms, contact info for compensation and other forms of assistance. They can be reached at (402) 471-2194
Victims may also want to read about the Nebraska Coalition for Victims of Crime (NCVC), which is a non-profit organization established to address the growing concern for victims of crime. Their website lists a crime victim’s bill of rights and they have a list of victim witness programs in Nebraska. They can be reached at (800) 944-6282.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our NE 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.