Even if you do not qualify for a restraining order to prevent abuse or a stalking protection order or a restraining order for the elderly and disabled, 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 to prevent abuse or a stalking protection order or a restraining order for the elderly and disabled, 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 Oregon 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 (1st and 2nd degree)
- Rape (1st and 2nd degree)
- Telephonic harassment
- Unlawful dissemination of an intimate image
- Identity theft
- Aggravated identity theft
The Oregon Department of Justice runs a Crime Victims' Services Division, which provides information on victims' rights and services. You can also call them at (503) 378-5348.
For information on victims' compensation in Oregon, visit the Oregon Department of Justice's Compensation for Victims of Crime website, or contact them by telephone at (503) 378-5348.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff's department, or district attorney's office. See our OR 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.