Even if you do not qualify for a protective 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 protective order, 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 Virginia 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:
- Violation of a court order regarding custody and visitation
- Abduction and kidnapping
- Assault and battery against a family or household member
- Violation of protective orders
- Aggravated sexual battery
- Unauthorized use of electronic tracking device
- Unlawful dissemination or sale of images of another
- Sexual battery
- Harassment by computer
- Use of profane, threatening, or indecent language over public airways or by other methods (includes telephone harassment)
- Identity theft
- False caller identification information
- Causing telephone or pager to ring with intent to annoy
- Interception, disclosure, etc., of wire, electronic or oral communications
- Peeping or spying into dwelling or enclosure
- Threats of death or bodily injury to a person or member of his family.
The Virginia Department of Corrections runs a Victim Services Unit, which provides information on victims’ rights and services. You can also call them at (800) 560-4292.
For information on victims’ compensation in Virginia, visit the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund website, or contact them by telephone at (800) 552-4007.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our VA 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.