Even if you do not qualify for a restraining order (known as a relief from abuse 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.
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 Connecticut 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)
- Assault of an elderly, blind, disabled or pregnant person or a person with intellectual disability (3rd degree)
- Threatening (1st and 2nd degree)
- Reckless endangerment (1st and 2nd degree)
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Sexual assault in spousal or cohabiting relationship
- Sexual assault (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th degree)
- Kidnapping (1st and 2nd degree)
- Kidnapping with a firearm (1st and 2nd degree)
- Unlawful restraint (1st and 2nd degree)
- Criminal trespass (1st, 2nd, 3rd degree)
- Stalking (1st and 2nd degree)
- Harassment (1st and 2nd degree)
- Custodial interference (1st and 2nd degree)
- Tampering with private communications
- Disseminating voyeuristic material
- Unlawful dissemination of an intimate image
- Illegal possession [of a controlled substance]
- Riot in the first degree
- Riot in the second degree
- Inciting to riot.
The State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Library provides information on victims' rights and services.
For information on victims' compensation in Connecticut, visit the Office of Victim Services website.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff's department, or district attorney's office. See our CT 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.
You may want to contact the Stalking Resource Center if you are being stalked or harassed.