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.
Here is a list of some possible crimes in Washington 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 degree, 2nd degree, 3rd degree, 4th degree)
- Reckless endangerment
- Kidnapping (1st degree and 2nd degree)
- Unlawful imprisonment
- Custodial interference (1st degree and 2nd degree) - but see the available defenses
- Rape (1st degree, 2nd degree, 3rd degree)
- Disclosing intimate images
- Interfering with the reporting of domestic violence
- Computer trespass in the first degree
- Computer trespass in the second degree
- Electronic data tampering (1st degree and 2nd degree)
- Electronic data theft
- Cyber harassment
- Telephone harassment
- Identity theft
- Hate crimes.
The State of Washington’s Department of Commerce has a victim/witness assistance page, which provides information on victims’ rights and services.
For information on victims’ compensation in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries website.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff’s department, or district attorney’s office. See our WA 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.