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 PFA, 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 Pennsylvania that the abuser may have committed. You can click on the links to read the legal definition of the crime in our Selected Pennsylvania Statutes page:
- reckless endangerment
- false imprisonment
- unlawful restraint
- interference with custody
- unlawful use of computer
- unlawful dissemination of intimate image
- identity theft
- sexual assault
- statutory sexual assault
- sexual extortion
- institutional sexual assault
- indecent assault
- indecent exposure
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency runs an Office of Victims’ Services, which provides information on victims’ rights, victims’ compensation, as well as additional information about other victims’ services in Pennsylvania. They can also be reached at (800) 233-2339.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our PA 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.