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 protection order, you can still report him/her to the police if you believe s/he committed a crime against you.
In our Abuse Using Technology section, you can learn the types of behaviors that are considered a misuse of technology. Some of these behaviors might be recognized as a crime depending on the specific laws of your state.
Here is a list of some possible crimes in New Hampshire 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:
- criminal threatening
- domestic violence
- simple assault
- assault (in the 2nd degree)
- interference with custody
- reckless conduct
- criminal restraint
- criminal trespass
- cruelty to animals
- nonconsensual dissemination of private sexual images
- identity fraud.
The New Hampshire Department of Justice runs the State Office of Victim/Witness Assistance, which provides information on victims’ rights and services. You can also call them at (603) 271-3671.
For information on victims’ compensation in New Hampshire, visit the New Hampshire Department of Justice Victims’ Compensation Program website, or contact them by telephone at (603) 271-1284 or 1-800-300-4500.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our NH 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 Abuse Victims Charged with Crimes page.
Other organizations for victims of crime are listed on our National Organizations - Crime Victims page.