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 New Mexico 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:
- Custodial interference
- Aggravated stalking
- Firearms or destructive devices; receipt, transportation or possession by a felon
- Unauthorized distribution of sensitive images
- Theft of identity; obtaining identity by electronic fraud.
The New Mexico District Attorney’s Association provides information on victims’ rights and services, with links to the New Mexico Victims of Crime Act and the New Mexico State Constitution’s section on victims’ rights. You can call them at (505) 827-3789.
For information on victims’ compensation in New Mexico, visit the Crime Victims Reparation Commission website, or contact them by telephone at (800) 306-6262.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our NM 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.