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 mis-used 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 Ohio that the abuser may have committed. You can click on the links to read the legal definition of each crime on our OH Statutes page:
- aggravated menacing
- menacing by stalking
- disorderly conduct
- telecommunications harassment
- domestic violence
- negligent assault
- sexual battery
- unlawful sexual contact with a minor
- gross sexual imposition
- sexual imposition
- importuning (soliciting a minor for sexual activity)
- voyeurism (deals with secretly videotaping sexual acts or similar actions)
- interference with custody
- aggravated trespass
- compelling prostitution
- promoting prostitution
- pandering obscenity
- pandering obscenity involving a minor
- illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance
- felonious assault
- violating a protection order, consent agreement, or anti-stalking protection order.
The Ohio Office of the Attorney General website provides information on victims' rights and services.
For information on victims' compensation in Ohio, visit the Ohio Attorney General's website on victim compensation, or contact them by telephone at (800) 582-2877.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff's department, or district attorney's office. See our OH 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.
You may want to contact the Stalking Resource Center if you are being stalked or harassed.