Legal Information: Tennessee

Crimes

Updated: 
June 16, 2017

Crimes

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.

What are some crimes that the abuser may have committed in Tennessee?
If I am the victim of a crime, where can I get additional help in Tennessee?

What are some crimes that the abuser may have committed in Tennessee?


Here is a list of some possible crimes in Tennessee 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:


If I am the victim of a crime, where can I get additional help in Tennessee?


For information on victims' compensation in Tennessee, visit the Tennessee Department of Treasury's Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund website, or contact them by telephone at (615) 741-2734.


The Tennessee Office of the Attorney General has victim liaisons who provide information and assistance to crime victims and their families involved in a criminal case where the defendant is appealing his/her conviction.


You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff's department, or district attorney's office.  See our TN 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.