Handling Domestic Violence Matters In NC

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Domestic violence is not just a physically and emotionally devastating experience. It can sometimes be a deadly one as well. For this reason, it is a matter best dealt with as early as possible. Everyone should take personal responsibility for the welfare of others, whether in the family or in the community; this certainly applies to aiding victims of partner abuse. In North Carolina, there are specific ways to handle domestic violence cases legally, and this post will highlight them.

However, before we look at the legal side of  dealing with domestic violence, let’s familiarize ourselves with the signs of danger related to domestic violence. Sometimes this can help us prevent a tragedy before it happens. The following post offers some helpful insight:

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10 Ways You Can Help Prevent Domestic Violence Where You Live

More than one-third of women and one in 12 men have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetime, according to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. Anyone would agree that’s too many. If you’re asking yourself what you can do to help, read on. Below, 10 steps you can take to help stop domestic violence in your community.

  1. Know the signs. Domestic violence can happen to anyone — white, black, young, old, rich, poor, educated, not educated. Sometimes violence begins early on in a relationship and other times it takes months or even years to appear. But there generally are some warning signs. Be wary of the following red flags an abuser may exhibit at any point in a relationship: Read more at Domestic Shelters…

We must all be responsible members of society and act appropriately to help when we know someone is living with abuse. If we ourselves are experiencing domestic violence we must act early to escape the situation before it escalates.

The next thing you need to know is the legal definition of domestic violence. As described in the post below, North Carolina law clearly states what domestic violence is for the purpose of seeking assistance or legal action:

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What is the legal definition of domestic violence in North Carolina?

This section defines domestic violence for the purposes of getting a domestic violence protective order (DVPO).  Domestic violence in North Carolina is when someone you have had a “personal relationship” with does any of the following to you or your minor child:

  • attempts to cause bodily injury, or intentionally causes bodily injury;
  • places you or a member of your family or household in fear of imminent serious bodily injury;
  • continued harassment (as defined here) that rises to such a level as to inflict substantial emotional distress; or
  • commits any rape or sexual offense listed here in sections 14-27.21 through 14-27.33.* Read more at Women’s Law…

With the definition plainly stated, you can confidently proceed to take the necessary action to protect yourself and your loved ones.

North Carolina is very dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence and prescribes various ways of handling such cases in their unique circumstances. The following post describes some important aspects of domestic violence that you need to be familiar with:

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6 Things About Domestic Violence in NC

North Carolina courts and law enforcement agencies take claims of domestic violence very seriously.  Our attorneys have compiled a list of six items that are commonly overlooked by parties involved in domestic violence matters.   Have additional questions?  We can help.  Call 704-412-1442 today to speak with one of our attorneys.

  1. THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACTIONS – CRIMINAL CHARGES AND CIVIL PROTECTIVE ORDERS

Most people think of domestic violence as a criminal matter.  In North Carolina, there are a number of criminal charges that may be brought as a result of domestic violence, including a wide range of misdemeanors such as simple assault, assault on a female, communicating threats, and harassment, and a number of potential felonies for more serious offenses. Read more at Hunter and Hein…

As you see, there are some basic issues that should not be overlooked when handling a case of domestic violence. If you or someone you know is dealing with this terrible situation, a good attorney will help you handle this very emotional matter in a way that is appropriate and legally sound.

Attorney Jonathan Meek has worked with numerous victims of domestic violence. He is ready to bring his education and experience to bear to assist you as well. Contact Meek Law Firm today and schedule a consultation to discuss your needs. Call (704) 848-6335 or use the contact form on the right of this page to set an appointment.

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About the Author:

As a small business owner, Meek has a passion for working with others who found and work for small- and medium-sized businesses. His goal is to not only help them protect and grow their businesses but also to resolve any personal legal issues they might face along the way. Meek is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the Mecklenburg County Bar Association, and the North Carolina State Bar. He is also on the board of Open Aperture Productions, a legal videography firm that he began in 2003. In addition, he participated in many hours of pro bono service during his law school career, including an externship with the Mecklenburg County District Attorney.