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Legal Information: North Carolina

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
October 13, 2020

Am I eligible to file for a civil no-contact order?

Any person who has suffered nonconsensual sexual acts or stalking as defined by North Carolina law can apply to the court for a civil no-contact order.  These acts must be committed by someone you do not have an intimate or familial relationship with.1   If you have an intimate or familial relationship with the offender (as is explained in Who can get a domestic violence protection order (DVPO)?), you would file for a domestic violence protection order (DVPO) instead.  You do not have to have a physical injury to get a civil no-contact order.2

1 NCGS § 50C-1(8)
2 NCGS § 50C-5(a)

Can I apply for a civil no-contact order if I am a minor?

No. A parent or legal guardian has to file a civil no-contact order for you.1

1 NCGS § 50C-2(a)(2)

Can I file for a civil no-contact order against a minor?

A civil no-contact order can only be filed against someone who is 16 years old or older.1 However, you can still report any act of unwanted sexual conduct or stalking by someone of any age (including someone under 16) to the police.

1 NCGS § 50C-1(7)