Even if you do not qualify for a family violence protective order or a stalking 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 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 Georgia that the abuser may have committed. You can click on the links to read the legal definition of the crime in our Statutes page:
- Harassing communications
- Being a "Peeping Tom"
- Unlawful eavesdropping or surveillance (but parents can eavesdrop or record their own child's conversations - see GA Code 16-11-66 sub-section (d))
- Identification of a minor as the individual in an obscene depiction
- False imprisonment
- Interference with custody
- Statutory rape
- Sexual assault
- Sexual battery
- Terroristic threats
- Transmission of photography or video depicting nudity or sexually explicit conduct of an adult
- Identity fraud
- Aggravated identity fraud.
The Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council assists eligible victims of crimes with medical, funeral, crime scene clean-up and mental health counseling expenses. Here is a link to their application for financial assistance. In addition, if applicable, victims may also apply for lost wages or loss of support benefits.
The State Board of Pardons and Paroles offers victim services including a service called V.I.P., which is a 24-hour automated information system used by the Georgia Department of Corrections in partnership with the State Board of Pardons and Paroles to provide victims of crime and/or their families with access to information about their offender by dialing the toll-free V.I.P. number - (800) 593-9474 to get information regarding the custody status of an inmate.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff's department, or district attorney's office. See our GA 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.