Victims are not legally required to report incidents of domestic violence. However, a domestic violence victim can and should contact local law enforcement immediately after any violent incident takes place. Law enforcement officers can take the necessary measures to protect the victim from further harm. They can advise the victim of her legal rights for protection and can direct her to sources of shelter, medical care, and counseling. Officers also can transport a victim to a hospital, magistrate or battered women’s shelter, and can escort her home to collect personal effects.
In North Carolina, a victim may request the clerk of court to issue a domestic violence protection order. The order, often referred to as a “temporary restraining order” or “50-B order,” can be obtained without an attorney present. The order can:
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