In North Carolina, domestic violence occurs when you’ve had a “personal relationship” with someone who does any of the following to you or your minor child:

  • attempts to cause bodily injury, or intentionally causes bodily injury; or
  • places you or a member of your family or household in fear of imminent serious bodily injury;
  • or conducts continued harassment, that rises to such a level as to inflict substantial emotional distress; or
  • commits any rape or sexual offense.

A “personal relationship” includes:

  • current or former spouses;
  • persons of opposite sex who live together or have lived together;
  • those related as parents and children, including others acting in loco parentis to a minor child, or as grandparents and grandchildren.
  • those who have a child in common;
  • current or former household members;
  • persons of the opposite sex who are in a dating relationship or have been in a dating relationship (meaning they have been romantically involved over time and on a continuous basis during the course of the relationship.


A Civil No-Contact Order (50C) is for someone that is being, or has been, stalked or sexually assaulted by a person with whom they have no pre-existing relationship. It is not intended for disagreements or disputes between neighbors, friends, acquaintances, or co-workers unless they have sexually assaulted or are stalking you.