For Victims of
Domestic violence can take many different forms, victimizing someone of any race, age, gender, sexuality, religion, education level or economic status.
What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by someone to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship.
Domestic violence can include behaviors that physically harm, intimidate, manipulate or control a partner, or otherwise force them to behave in ways they don’t want to. Domestic violence can include:
Physical violence and intimidation
Abusive or belittling language
Control of the victim’s freedom, causing isolation
Control of the victim’s finances, causing dependency
Threats of violence or taking children away
Legal representation is key to ending the cycle of abuse.
Even if you have not called law enforcement against your abuser, Legal Aid NC can help. We can tell you your rights, and work to help you secure a domestic violence protective order. A protective order lasts for one year and can help you get possession of your home and vehicle, and protect your children.
Domestic Violence Protective Order
Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO): Also known as a “50B,” a DVPO is a court order that tells your abuser to stay away from you for a certain period of time. DVPOs also help keep you safe in other ways, including preventing your abuser from owning firearms.
Learn more about Legal Aid NC and the unique support we provide for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Legal Aid NC can also help you with many other free legal services and supports.