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July 25, 2018

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.)1

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 the abuser, harasser or stalker, you may be eligible for a civil no-contact order.2

1 NCGS § 50B-1(b)
2 NCGS § 50C-1