Filing For A Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO)
When families have conflicts, passions, and emotions can easily get out of control and result in violent situations. Domestic abuse and domestic violence are taken seriously in North Carolina, with courts providing protection for victims and penalties for the accused. Our domestic violence attorneys at Guirguis Law, P.A., in Raleigh can help you navigate these potentially contentious legal proceedings with compassion and steady guidance.
Protection From Domestic Violence In North Carolina
Under North Carolina law, a person who has been the victim of domestic violence may seek a protective order from the court to prevent future abuse. These are commonly known and referred to as restraining orders. In North Carolina, a protective order is called a Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO). Designed to protect the victim, a protective order can restrict various types of contact between the parties, including:
- Prohibit any communication between the parties
- Force the accused to pay for the victim’s housing
- Force the accused out of their home and award the alleged victim sole possession of the home
- Award the victim possession of any personal property they may share with the accused
- Give custody of the children to the victim
- Order the accused to pay child support/spousal support
- Prohibit the accused from possessing a firearm
- Order any other action to protect the safety and health of the victim or any children involved
Once granted, a domestic violence protective order (DVPO) remains in place for one year, after which a victim may request a new one.
Violations Of Protective Orders
The power of a DVPO becomes immediately apparent if it is violated. Any violation of the order’s terms and conditions can result in immediate arrest and significant criminal charges. We represent victims of domestic violence seeking protection and support in DVPO hearings. We can also represent our clients in overlapping civil law and family law matters, like subsequent divorce or child custody cases.