Even if you do not qualify for an order of protection or injunction, the abuser may have committed a crime. If you call the police, they may arrest him/her for a crime and you may get an order of protection through the criminal court. Remember that even if you do have an order of protection or injunction, you can still report him/her to the police if you believe s/he committed a crime against you.
If the abuser has mis-used 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 Arizona that the abuser may have committed. You can click on the links to read the legal definition of the crime on our State Statutes page:
- Domestic violence
- Unlawful imprisonment
- Interference with custody
- Unlawful distribution of nude/sexual images
- Sexual assault
- Sexual abuse
- Criminal trespass (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)
- Criminal damage to property
- Phone harassment
- Interception of wire, electronic, and oral communications
- Identity theft.
The Office of the Arizona Attorney General website also provides information for victims, including a Crime Victims' Guide and a summary of Crime Victims' Rights Laws.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff's department, or district attorney's office. See our AZ 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.