How can I get a protective order from my abusive partner in North Carolina?

A North Carolina domestic violence protective order – also called a “DVPO” or “50B order” – can be obtained by doing the following:

  • File the DVPO paperwork in the civil clerk’s office.
  • A short hearing will be held between you and the judge. If the judge feels that you are suffering from domestic abuse, a temporary domestic violence protection order will be issued. A future hearing will be scheduled to determine if a long-term order should be granted.
  • At the next hearing, which will require both you and the alleged abuser to attend, the court will make a decision about granting a permanent restraining order. If a long-term order is granted, it will likely be valid for one year, but it can be renewed.