Even if you do not qualify for a restraining 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 restraining 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 New Jersey that the abuser may have committed. You can click on the links to read the legal definition of each crime on our New Jersey Statutes page:
- terroristic threats
- criminal restraint
- false imprisonment
- impersonation; identity theft
- criminal mischief
- criminal trespass
- sexual offenses (e.g., sexual assault, lewdness, criminal sexual contact)
- criminal coercion
- contempt of a domestic violence order
- invasion of privacy; observation of sexual contact; reproduction or disclosure of images of sexual contact or undergarment-clad intimate parts of another person
- unlawful possession of weapons.
The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General runs an Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy. Their website provides information on victims' rights and services. You can also call them at 609-292-6766.
For information on victims' compensation in New Jersey, visit the Victims of Crime Compensation Office website, or contact them by telephone at 877-658-2221.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff's department, or district attorney's office. See our NJ 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.