Domestic Violence in North Carolina

North Carolina law allows for civil relief from domestic violence in the form a a Domestic Violence Protective Order, often referred to as a 50B order.  The law is contained in North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 50B.  A court, finding domestic violence in certain protected categories, can order significant relief to a victim.

What is Domestic Violence in the 50B context?  It means the commission of certain acts against a person or a child in his or her care, such as causing bodily injury or attempting to do so, placing that person or a member of his or her household in fear of imminent serious bodily injury or continued harassment, or committing any of the sexual offenses set forth in G.S. Sections 14‑27.2 through 14‑27.7.

Who is covered by the Statute?   The law allows the following categories of persons to seek relief: spouses or former spouses; persons of the opposite sex who have lived together or are living together; those related as parents, grandparents and guardians of children; those who have a child in common; those who are current or former household members; and those who have had a heterosexual dating relationship.

What Relief May be Allowed?  Among other things, the court can prohibit acts of abuse, can prohibit the abuser from contacting the victim, can award temporary possession of a residence or alternate safe housing, can provide for support, and can provide for short-term custody in order for the victim to have time to file for custody, and prohibit the abuser from possessing a firearm during the effective period of the order.

STAY SAFE.  You can find information about local domestic violence resources by contacting the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800/799-SAFE or at