Domestic violence in means the commission of one or more of the following acts upon an aggrieved party or upon a minor child residing with or in the custody of the aggrieved party by a person with whom the aggrieved party has or has had a personal relationship, but does not include acts of self-defense.
Attempting to cause bodily injury, or intentionally causing bodily injury; or placing the aggrieved party or a member of the aggrieved party’s family or household in fear of imminent serious bodily injury or continued harassment, that rises to such a level as to inflict substantial emotional distress.
In the NC court system, domestic violence actions are known as 50-B actions, as the name comes from the specific North Carolina statute that addresses these claims.
A person who alleges that he or she or a minor child has been the victim of domestic violence may request a domestic violence protection order on behalf of the child, and may also seek the assistance of a local law enforcement agency.
Experiencing domestic violence can be frightening and confusing. It can also make people feel very alone. If you have a boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse that is abusive, our lawyers are able to assist you with your matter.
You may also want to read Domestic Violence and The Law – A Practical Guide for Survivors published by the NC Bar.