Domestic Violence FAQs

What is the definition of domestic violence?
North Carolina General Statute Chapter 50B-1 defines domestic violence as follows:(a) Domestic violence means the commission of one or more of the following acts upon an aggrieved party or upon a minor child residing with or in the custody of the aggrieved party by a person with whom the aggrieved party has or has had a personal relationship, but does not include acts of self-defense:

  1. Attempting to cause bodily injury, or intentionally causing bodily injury; or
  2. Placing the aggrieved party or a member of the aggrieved party’s family or household in fear of imminent serious bodily injury or continued harassment, as defined in G.S. 14-277.3A, that rises to such a level as to inflict substantial emotional distress; or
  3. Committing any act defined in G.S. 14-27.21 through G.S. 14-27.33.
If I am being abused, who should I call?
There are many confidential resources in Charlotte that are designed to help you if you or your children are victims of domestic violence. These resources include, but are not limited to, Victim’s Assistance, The Battered Women’s Shelter, and the Women’s Commission. Or, you can call a trusted friend, family member or the police if you believe you are in danger. The important thing is to tell someone and get to a safe place as soon as possible.
If I obtain a Domestic Violence Protective Order, how long will it last?
Typically, if you are granted a Domestic Violence Protective Order, it is valid for one year. Prior to the expiration of that time period, you may request that the Court renew your Protective Order for up to a period of an additional two years.
How do I get a Domestic Violence Protective Order?
Any resident of North Carolina can file an action seeking a domestic violence protective order from an individual with whom they have a “personal relationship” when the individual has “attempted to cause bodily injury or has placed the aggrieved party or a member of the aggrieved party’s family or household in fear of imminent bodily injury or continued harassment”. Chapter 50B of the North Carolina General Statute specifically sets forth, in its entirety, the definition of personal relationship and the definition of what actions constitute domestic violence.


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