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November 27, 2017

Who can get a domestic violence protective order (DVPO)?

You can seek legal protection from acts of domestic violence done to you or your minor child by someone you have had a "personal relationship" with, which includes:

  • Your spouse, or ex-spouse,
  • A person of the opposite sex with whom you live or used to live,
  • Someone you are related to, including parents, children, grandparents and grandchildren, over the age of 16,
  • Someone with whom you have a child in common,
  • A current or former household member, or
  • Someone of the opposite sex whom you are dating or have dated.  ("Dating" is defined as being romantically involved over time and on a continuous basis during the course of the relationship.)*

Teens under the age of 18 need a parent or guardian to file for a protective order on their behalf.  For more information, speak to a local domestic violence organization.

If you have not had a "personal relationship" with your abuser, harasser or stalker, you may be eligible for a protective order against stalking or harassment.**  Please see How can I get an order against stalking or sexual harassment (a civil no-contact order)?

* NCGS § 50B-1(b)
** NCGS § 50C-1