Legal Information: North Carolina

Know the Laws - By State

Please see below for state-specific laws that might be useful for victims and survivors of domestic violence. This information is written in a Q & A format and is meant to provide you with easy-to-understand information. You can also reach us at our Email Hotline if you have more specific questions.

A brief description of the difference between state laws and federal laws.

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

Information about custody in North Carolina.

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

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.

Information about divorce in North Carolina.

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

You cannot be discriminated against or punished by an employer because you have take time off work to file for a domestic violence protective order. Also, if you have to quit your job because of domestic violence, you may still be entitled to unemployment benefits.

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

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

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

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