How can I get help If I’m a victim of domestic violence?

If you’re suffering from domestic violence in North Carolina, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from further harm. A North Carolina domestic violence protective order is the primary method of protecting victims from abuse.

If you believe you or your child is in danger of immediate harm, you can file a petition for a temporary domestic violence protection order. The judge can grant a temporary protective order for emergency purposes without the defendant being notified in advance of the hearing. A temporary domestic violence protection order can be made within just 72 hours after filing the petition.

When the emergency order is granted, the judge will schedule a future hearing with you and the alleged abuser (“defendant”) so that a long-term order can be considered. If the judge feels that the defendant did commit domestic violence against you, then the judge will issue a long-term protective order. They are typically valid for one year but can be renewed.

A North Carolina domestic violence protective order can do the following:

  • Prohibit the abuser from committing further acts of abuse, harassment, or stalking.
  • Order the abuser to stay away from the victim’s workplace or home.
  • Grant the victim possession of the home or require the abuser to provide alternate housing for the victim and any minor children involved.
  • Order temporary child custody and visitation arrangements.
  • Temporarily prohibit the abuser from buying a gun.
  • Require the abuser to attend counseling programs for domestic violence.
  • Any other restrictions that the court deems necessary to protect the victim and any minor children.

The caring legal team at Charles R. Ullman & Associates can review your situation and discuss whether a protective order is appropriate. Contact us at (919) 336-0870 to meet with one of our Raleigh domestic violence attorneys to schedule a consultation.


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