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Know the Laws: North Carolina

Know the Laws

North Carolina

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  • State Law Overview

    Most of the laws relevant to domestic violence and sexual assault are based on state law.

  • Restraining Orders

    Information about domestic violence protection orders, civil no-contact orders, and moving with a protection order.

  • Custody

    Information about custody in North Carolina.

  • Child Support

    Information on filing for, modifying, and enforcing a child support order.

  • Parental Kidnapping

    This page addresses the general (not state-specific) laws of one parent taking a child out of the state or country, without the other parent's consent.

  • Divorce

    Information about divorce in North Carolina.

  • Housing Laws

    Information about housing-related protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

  • Workplace Protections

    You cannot be discriminated against by an employer because you have take time off work to file for a domestic violence protective order.

  • Confidentiality

    Confidentiality laws for victims at a shelter or on a hotline.

  • Crimes

    Information about crimes an abuser may have committed in North Carolina and victim assistance programs.

  • State Gun Laws

    If you are a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, then it may be illegal for the abuser to buy or have a gun.

  • Suing Your Abuser

    General information about your right to sue your abuser for medical costs, destroyed property, or other damages.

Federal Laws

  • Immigration

    Immigration information for victims of domestic violence, crime victims, and others.

  • Federal Gun Laws

    Under federal law, which applies to all states, an abuser may lose his right to have a gun.

  • Military

    Information about military protection orders and confidentiality on military bases.

Tribal Laws

  • Tribal Law

    Information about tribal laws related to domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Religious Law