There are legal protective measures available to those experiencing domestic abuse and violence. A DVPO or 50B Order is a Domestic Violence Protective Order. As outlined by the North Carolina Judicial Branch, NC Courts through a Domestic Violence Protective Order require that one committing acts of domestic violence remain separated from the victim(s). Such acts that would require a DVPO or 50B Order include attempting or causing physical harm and injury, sexual harassment and assault, and threats of causing imminent serious or deadly bodily harm.
Whether one is a US citizen, permanent resident, visa holder, or of other citizenship or immigration status, anyone living in North Carolina can file for a DVPO. To file and obtain a DVPO, the victim and perpetrator of the violence and abuse must have a qualifying “domestic relationship”. A relationship that qualifies as “domestic” includes, but is not limited to, dating and married couples, separated and ex-spouses, those who share paternity or custody of a child, persons currently or previously living together, or those in a parent/guardian and child relationship. If one does not have a qualifying relationship, the victim of the abuse and violence can file for a 50C Order known as a No-Contact Order. Regardless of if it is a 50B or 50C Order, under North Carolina law, the protective order enforces the separation of the assailant and victim or places a minor child in the victim’s custody.
Obtaining a DVPO can be done in a variety of ways and may vary based on which county it is being filed within. That is why it is important to consult an experienced family law attorney, family law specialist, or family law office that serves that county. At the Law Office of Stephen E. Robertson, we provide legal services, assistance, and support to those facing domestic violence and abuse. Stephen E. Robertson is a Family Law Attorney in Greensboro NC as well as a very reputable Greensboro Divorce Lawyer. He serves the following North Carolina counties: Guilford, Rockingham, Randolph, Forsyth, Davidson, Alamance, and surrounding communities. For more information, contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about DVPOs, visit the North Carolina Judicial Branch’s “How to Get a Protection Order” information page.
For more information about Domestic Violence visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline at https://www.thehotline.org/.