Even if you do not qualify for a restraining 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 restraining 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 the Virgin Islands 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:
- Assault (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)
- Child neglect
- Child abuse
- Aggravated child abuse and neglect
- Harassment by telephone, telegraph, or written communication
- Violation of restraining order
- Rape (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)
- Unlawful sexual contact (1st and 2nd degree)
- Identity theft.
For information on victims’ compensation in the Virgin Islands, visit the Office for Victims of Crime website. For information on victim/witness advocates, who can be with you at the scene of a crime, at the hospital, in the courtroom, and to help you navigate the justice system, go to the USVI Police Department website.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our USVI 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.