Note: Any person in a dangerous and/or emergency situation requiring immediate intervention should call 911 for assistance.
In North Carolina, an abused person can seek a temporary civil restraining order as part of a family law case. Here, you are not asking the court to send the abuser to jail for committing a crime. However, if the abuser violates the civil court order, he or she may be sent to jail for the violation.
You can also request an order in a civil case. Here, you are the person bringing the case against the abuser and (in most circumstances), you have the right to withdraw (drop) the case if you want to.
Domestic Relationship DVPO
In North Carolina, it's known as a Domestic Violence Protective Order or (DVPO). Its a civil order that provides protection from harm by a family member, household member, someone you have a child in common with, or someone you have dated or are dating.
Both male and female victims can apply. This order prohibits the offender from having contact with the victim for a specified period of time. If a person is found to violate a restraining or protective order, he or she could he or she can be jailed and charged with a separate crime including aggravated stalking.
How to Obtain a DVPO
Victims can get paperwork from the clerk's office or from a domestic violence program where someone can assist them with completing the paperwork. There isn't a filing fee for the protective order.
|Types of Orders||
Civil Restraining Order known as a Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO)
You may be eligible to file a domestic relationship DVPO against:
|What Can a DVPO Do?||
|Length of a DVPO||
Up to 1 year and can be renewed multiple times for "good cause"
|How to Apply||
File a petition at the clerk's office
|Penalty for Violations||
Because temporary restraining order laws can sometimes get complicated, it may also be a good idea to consult an experienced North Carolina domestic violence or family law attorney if you have questions about your specific situation.
Contact a qualified attorney.