The North Carolina court system takes domestic abuse charges seriously — as it should. The safety of family members, and children in particular, is of the utmost importance. As such, the authorities act swiftly to remove violent offenders from the family home and prevent future instances of abuse.
The Patterson Law Office, PLLC, can assist. We understand the sensitive and urgent nature of these matters, and work hard to restore order on the home front. At times this involves obtaining a domestic violence protective order (DVPO) to prevent a family member from contacting other relations. At times this involves working through the legal system to help facilitate a member’s return to the home. In all matters, the safety and well-being of everyone involved are our priority.
What Is Domestic Abuse?
Many people believe that domestic abuse must involve physical violence. This is not at all the case. The laws encompass a broad range of behaviors, and protect victims from emotional abuse, financial abuse and various other forms of harassment. According to our state’s civil laws, domestic abuse occurs when a family member:
- Causes or attempts to cause bodily injury
- Causes another family member to fear bodily injury
- Causes emotional distress by means of physical or psychological intimidation
- Exerts control over a spouse or other family member by means of financial manipulation
- Commits sexual offenses against other family members
In such situations, it is important for victims to protect themselves. By working with a qualified lawyer, you can obtain a legal order that prevents offenders from contacting you or other family members in the home. A lawyer can also help you initiate divorce proceedings when necessary.