Domestic violence is a crime, and one that often comes with feelings of shame and guilt. The law in North Carolina is designed to provide protection to survivors of domestic violence.

Under the law, anyone who causes or attempts to cause bodily harm to a present or former spouse, household member, boyfriend or girlfriend, child, parent, or grandparent, is guilty of domestic violence. If you have suffered domestic violence, you may seek a protective order against the abuser.

In order to do so, it is best to speak with a domestic violence victim’s advocate first about filing the forms. Forms to file such documents can be obtained at any courthouse. Once your complaint is filed, the court may issue a temporary order without a hearing which will be in effect until the hearing can take place and the court can make a final decision. READ MORE


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