Even if you do not qualify for a domestic violence protective order ("50B order") or a civil no-contact order ("50C 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 domestic violence protective order or a civil no-contact 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 South Carolina 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:
- Criminal definition of harassment (and penalties for harassment in the 1st degree and in the 2nd degree);
- Criminal definition of stalking (and penalties for stalking);
- Custodial interference
- Financial identify fraud or identity fraud
The South Carolina Governor's Office runs the State Office of Victim Assistance (SOVA), which provides information on victims' rights and services, including the South Carolina Crime Victims' Constitutional Rights. You can also call them at (803) 734-1900 or at (800) 220-5370 for the victims' hotline.
For information on victims' compensation in South Carolina, visit the State Office of Victim Assistance Victims' Compensation Fund website, or contact them by telephone at (803) 734-1900.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff's department, or district attorney's office. See our SC 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.