Even if you do not qualify for an order of protection, 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 whether you do or do not have an order of protection, 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 Puerto Rico that the abuser may have committed. You can click on the links to read the legal definitions in Spanish of each crime on our State Statutes page:
- Aggravated abuse
- Abuse by threat
- Abuse by restriction of freedom
- Sexual assault by a partner
- Illegal custody deprivation
- Lewd acts
- Negligent injury
- Sexual assault
- Sexual harassment
- Identity theft
- Attenuated Severe Assault
The Puerto Rico Department of Justice has an Office of Services and Compensation to Victims and Witnesses of Crime, which offers links to services for victims and information on crime victims’ compensation in Puerto Rico. However, all of the information on their website is in Spanish. You can contact them by telephone at 787-721-2900.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department or the district attorney’s office in the municipality where you reside or where the crime was committed.
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.