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.
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 South Dakota 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:
- Simple assault
- Aggravated assault
- Violation of restraining order, injunction, or protection order
- Stalking a child twelve or younger
- Violation of protection order
- Use or dissemination of visual recording or photographic device without consent and with intent to self-gratify, harass, or embarrass.
The South Dakota Department of Corrections website provides information on victims' rights and services. You can also call them at (605) 773-3478.
For information on victims' compensation in South Dakota, go to the South Dakota Department of Social Services' Crime Victims' Compensation Program website.
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff's department, or district attorney's office. See our SD 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.