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.
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 South Dakota 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:
- Simple assault
- Aggravated assault
- Taking, enticing away, or keeping of unmarried minor child by parent
- Violation of restraining order, injunction, or protection order
- Stalking a child twelve or younger
- Violation of protection order
- Record–Privacy–Manipulated image–Violation - this crime was previously called “Use or dissemination of visual recording or photographic device without consent and with intent to self-gratify, harass, or embarrass”
- Identity theft.
The South Dakota Department of Corrections website provides information on victims’ rights and services. You can also call them at (605) 773-3478.
For information on victims’ compensation in South Dakota, go to the South Dakota Crime Victims’ Compensation Program website.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our SD 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.