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.