Even if you do not qualify for a relief from abuse order or a sexual assault or 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 relief from abuse order or a sexual assault or stalking 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.
What are some crimes that the abuser may have committed in Vermont?
Here is a list of some possible crimes in Vermont 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:
- Criminal threatening
- Stalking (and see info on Defenses)
- Aggravated stalking (and see info on Defenses)
- Custodial interference
- Lewd and lascivious conduct
- Sexual assault
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Disclosure of sexually explicit images without consent.
If I am the victim of a crime, where can I get additional help in Vermont?
The Vermont Office of the Attorney General runs a Victim Services Program, which provides information on victims' rights and services. You can also call them at (802) 828-3171.
For information on victims' compensation in Vermont, visit the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services website, or contact them by telephone at (802) 241-1250
You may learn more about crimes by calling your local police department, sheriff's department, or district attorney's office. See our VT 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.