Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence and COVID-19

While the stay-at-home order is required for health concerns, not everyone feels safe at home.  Our firm is here to help you navigate the court system during this unprecedented and scary time.  While the courthouses are significantly cutting down their operations, you can still file a Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO).  You also have the option of filing a DVPO through outside organizations.


  1. There are a few options you have if you need to file a DVPO.  You can go to your local courthouse and complete the complaint.  A judge will hold an ex-parte hearing the same day and either grant or deny a temporary restraining order and a trial will be set within 10 days. 
  2. You can electronically file a complaint for a DVPO through InterAct’s Family Safety and Empowerment Center.   The center will assist in filing the complaint and hold the ex-parte hearing via video conference.
  3. You can call or visit Legal Aid of North Carolina for guidance on filing a DVPO.  Their website also has great resources for victims.


No matter which option you choose you will have a trial set within 10 days of the initial filing.  At this trial you will be able to bring forward all evidence you have and request a DVPO be entered for an extended period of time.  You can request the other party not be allowed at your work/school, have to turnover weapons, have to take anger management classes, etc.  It is very important that every incident that you intend to bring up in a trial is written down in your complaint.  You may also want to consider who would be available and willing to testify on your behalf regarding the allegations of violence. 

While you can easily file the complaint on your own, you will want to hire an experienced attorney for the trial. Our family law attorney will quickly compile the evidence, contact witnesses, and prepare a trial plan in a short period of time. 

Call our firm today for a FREE consultation and discounted rates on Domestic Violence (DVPO) trials.

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