Domestic Violence

Today I'm going to discuss the difficult topic of Domestic Violence.  It can be a difficult conversation for some because they may feel that they are not actually in danger or don't want to view themselves as a victim.  Some victims may feel that a physical altercation was a one time incident and not worth reporting.  In truth, the damage done by an abuser goes well beyond physical actions and can create a situation of control and dependency all while the victim's avenues of independence and escape are slowly shut off. 


If you are a victim of domestic violence or know a loved one that cannot escape the grasp of an abuser there are people that can help.  

The following agencies can help:  North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Interact of Wake County

You can also seek a Domestic Violence Protective Order under Chapter 50(b) or a No-Contact Order under Chapter 50(c) of the North Carolina General Statutes.

There are two types of Domestic Violence Protective Orders (common referred to as DVPOs). The first is an ex-parte DVPO which is going to be in effect temporarily (typically up to 10 days absent a continuance).  The other DVPO type can be in effect for up to a year and renewable prior to the Order's expiration.  A DVPO can be renewed indefinitely upon a showing that the Plaintiff is still in fear of the Defendant.  There are no filing fees associated with a Domestic Violence Protective Order.  

If you cannot afford private counsel I highly recommend contacting Legal Aid of North Carolina here.  You can find your local county at the link.