Even if you do not qualify for any of the protective orders available in Utah, 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 protective order or a stalking injunction, 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 Utah 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:
- aggravated assault
- criminal homicide
- electronic communication harassment
- custodial interference
- child kidnapping
- aggravated kidnapping
- sexual battery
- sexual exploitation of a minor
- unlawful detention or unlawful detention of a minor
- protective order violation
- possession of a deadly weapon with intent to assault
- discharge of a firearm from a vehicle, near a highway, or in the direction of any person, building, or vehicle
- commission of domestic violence in the presence of a child
- disorderly conduct
- threat of violence
- distribution of an intimate image
- unlawful distribution of a counterfeit intimate image
- online impersonation
- identity fraud
- threatening with or using dangerous weapon in fight or quarrel
- tampering with a witness–receiving or soliciting a bribe
- retaliation against a witness, victim, or informant
- damage to or interruption of a communication device.
The Utah Office for Victims of Crime website provides information on victims’ rights, services, and compensation. You can also call them at (801) 238-2360 or toll-free at (800) 621-7444.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our UT 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.