In North Carolina, if you are in a personal relationship and are the victim of domestic violence, you may qualify for a domestic violence protective order. Sometimes called restraining orders, these orders can provide quick relief for you or children who live with you, and are often the first step in ending an abusive relationship and providing safety and peace for you and your family. Possible relief includes:
- Ordering an abuser to have no contact with you;
- Ordering an abuser not to assault, threaten, harass, or follow you;
- Granting you possession of a residence or automobile;
- Prohibiting an abuser from possessing or purchasing firearms;
- Granting you temporary child custody;
- Other relief that may be necessary to help you in an emergency.
These cases are civil, not criminal, and are in addition to any pending criminal charges your abuser may have. Violation of a protective order is a Class A1 misdemeanor in North Carolina and could carry up to 150 days in jail.