Protection Against Domestic Violence


If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.

Each day, three women are killed in America by boyfriends or husbands. Men, children, elders and pets also become victims of domestic violence.

North Carolina law describes domestic violence as any physically abusive behavior committed by a household member that results in injury or death. Here are some signs of an abusive relationship that may result in domestic violence:

  • You are afraid of your partner's temper

  • You are overly concerned about what kind of mood your partner is in

  • Your partner prevents you from seeing your friends or family, or alienates them so that they are uncomfortable being around him

  • Your partner threatens to hurt or kill you, your children, your family, friends or pets

  • Your partner yells at you, reprimands you, or demeans you in public

  • Your partner hits, slaps, pushes or shoves you, pulls your hair, or inflicts physical injury on you in any way

  • Your partner prevents you from getting or keeping a job

  • Your partner keeps you from leaving the house or locks you out of the house.

There's no reason to accept or tolerate this behavior from a spouse or domestic partner. If you need help, here's what you can do:

  • Get medical attention from your doctor or hospital emergency room. Ask the staff to photograph your injuries and keep detailed records in case you decide to take legal action.

  • The NC Department of Justice promotes the following services to assist you with Domestic Violence Issues

      Address Confidentiality Program - The Address Confidentiality Program can help by allowing victims to keep their new address safe from possible or former abusers. For more information about the program, please contact the program manager at: or (919)716-6785

    See also:

    North Carolina Council for Women and Domestic Violence Commission

    North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence

    North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault