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