Domestic Violence Management: Getting Out of a Negative Situation

Domestic violence is a horrible problem in the United States; it haunts both men and women every day. Some of the most unexpected households can be home to a violent secret that may be kept for months, years, even decades. It’s difficult to talk about, or even face, for all parties involved. It can be terrifying to acknowledge that another person has inflicted such harm upon you or a loved one and, victims are often left feeling humiliated and ashamed over a situation that is out of their control.




Facts and Figures

Here are just a few facts related to domestic violence from the North Carolina Health News website:


• In 2013, there were 108 domestic violence related homicides in N.C.
• Nearly 43% of domestic violence victims were male.
• Nearly 75% of domestic violence perpetrators were male, as well.
• Buncombe County holds the highest record for domestic violence homicides at 11 in 2013.
• Alcohol and intoxication is often the most common reason police are called in a domestic violence altercation.
• Two-thirds of perpetrators are under the influence of alcohol.
• Domestic violence can be defined, but not limited to, the following:
• Physical abuse
• Stalking
• Emotional abuse
• Isolation
• Economic abuse
• Coercion
• Sexual abuse


Domestic abuse is a problem that has many forms, definitions, and methods of solving. In North Carolina, both lawyers and the courts take these matters very seriously. When providing justice to a victim of domestic violence, typically the court can enact protective orders that take protective measures for the victim, such as evicting the perpetrator from a home, ordering money to be given to the victims for a period of time, jail time for the perpetrator, and / or surrender of firearms.


Time Restraints

If you have been dealing with domestic abuse in your household, or if you have experienced it in the past, we advise you to speak with a family law attorney about your options and the details of your situation. It is never too late to move on from a violent, negative situation.


North Carolina Laws and Emotion

In North Carolina, if you are currently in a threatening domestic situation, you have the right to seek a 50B Domestic Violence Restraining Order against your perpetrator by visiting the local courthouse. The initial Order, if granted, is effective for ten days, and then you will be required to have a court hearing if you are seeking to have a permanent Order, valid for one year, entered in your favor.


Emotionally, domestic violence can take a toll upon a victim and those involved directly and indirectly. It is a difficult topic to talk about and explain. At Schulz Stephenson Law, not only can we represent you in Court, we can also refer you to professionals who can help deal with the thoughts and emotions that go along with being abused. It is important to realize that moving on is possible, and that people want to help you, no matter the situation.


Schulz Stephenson Law represents clients regarding Family Law and Divorce matters in Carteret County, NC including Beaufort, Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Cape Carteret, and Emerald Isle as well as New Bern and other areas in Craven County, Pamlico County and surrounding areas. Contact us today for a consultation so we can discuss the necessary steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your family members.

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