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The state of North Carolina's definitions of domestic abuse

Domestic violence is a marital reality that far too many in Charlotte are forced to deal with. It's often impossible to define what sort of abusive actions warrant the termination of a marriage. Some may take the point of view that any abuse, be it physical, verbal, or emotional, is too much. Others may be willing to work with their abusers to help them overcome the issues that contribute to their abusive actions. While not intended to set standards on when it is okay to end a marriage, this post will take a closer look at what is defined by the state of North Carolina as abuse and what legal recourses one has at protecting himself or herself from an abuser.

According to the website www.WomensLaw.org, North Carolina law defines domestic or spousal abuse as any of the following actions:

  • Bodily injury
  • Creating the fear of serious bodily injury
  • Harassing conduct that places one in serious emotional distress
  • Any form of sexual assault

Those whom the law defines as domestic abusers are anyone with whom abuse victims have had a personal relationship and have perpetrated or attempted any of the forms of abuse defined above.

Those looking for protection from their abusive spouses are encouraged to seek a 50B domestic violence protective order. Such an order can often be issued the same day it is requested. Those not issued the same day are required to be heard by the court within 72 hours.

With a final order, a full court hearing is required with the alleged abuser present. A victim is protected under such an order for up to one year, with the option of extending it should he or she so choose.

For more information on obtaining a 50B protective order, visit our page dedicated to domestic violence.