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Obtaining a Protective Order

In Domestic Violence, Relationships by Elizabeth Stephenson

Domestic violence in a relationship can feel terrifying, surreal, and exhausting. It can make you feel shameful, embarrassed, defensive, and helpless. However, if you are experiencing domestic violence in your relationship, there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of and you are not alone. In fact, the laws of North Carolina establish several options to protect you, both in criminal and in civil law. Your first line of protection is the police. If you or your children are in immediate danger, you need to call 911. Law enforcement takes emergency domestic disturbances incredibly seriously. A result of police involvement can involve incarceration and the filing of criminal charges against the perpetrator of the violence. A Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO) In addition to police involvement and possible criminal charges, there …