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Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior that occurs between family members or intimate partners. It is not only the number one public health issue facing women and children in our communities, but also a frightening social problem of epic proportions and an important human rights issue. Domestic Violence takes many forms and can happen once in a while or all the time. It does not discriminate and may take the form of threats, physical attacks, rapes, or sexual assaults directed at the victim, the victim's children, family members, or property. It crosses ethnic, racial, age, national origin, religious, and socioeconomic lines.

Domestic Violence should never happen to anyone. Not ever. Not even once. Period. But it does. If you are a victim of domestic violence or afraid you may become a victim there is help.

For more information, visit the Women's Commission

North Carolina General Statutes define Domestic Violence as:
  • attempting to cause bodily injury, or

  • intentionally causing bodily injury, or

  • placing the party seeking the order (the victim) or a member of the victim's family or household in fear of imminent serious bodily injury, or

  • committing, or attempting to commit, rape, a sexual offense or a

  • sexual offense with a minor child living in the household
Below is a link to United Family Services’ Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program with information on the qualifications for domestic orders, how they may be procured and filed. Assistance Program

It is important that the plaintiff provides any and all information about the Defendant as it helps to serve notice to the Defendant. It is imperative that the plaintiff in this case, you, maintain a copy of this order and keep in your possession at all times. Attached to the order will be a civil summons with court date and courtroom information. We cannot stress enough the importance that the plaintiff seeking the protective order attends any and all court dates.

Deputy Sheriffs have the responsibility of serving the Defendant a copy of the Domestic Violence Protective Order. Any outstanding Orders for Arrest or Warrants will also be served at that time.

If directed by the order, the Sheriff’s Office will evict the Defendant from the residence address listed upon the Order. The Defendant will be allowed to gather enough personal clothing, toiletries and tools of trade needed to sustain him or her until the hearing date that is set when the Order is obtained.

This assistance may be arranged by contacting: R. LaPan @ 980-314-5908 between the hours of 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. The assistance will be provided as deputies are available and as the work load permits in accordance with the statutes.

A listing of telephone numbers you should keep available is provided below. Any information, such as a new address for home or work, or any other information that could be used to locate the defendant for service should be provided to the Domestic Violence Enforcement Unit as soon as possible. Please call 980-314-5908 with any new information.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Emergency Response Number 911
Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office
Domestic Violence Enforcement Unit 980-314-5908
Communications Section 980-314-5030
Civil Clerk of Courts Office 704-686-0520
Victim Assistance 704-336-4126

If you are the victim and require information and notification of an resident’s transfer or release you may contact: 1-800-247-9658

For information on offenders monitored by the Statewide Victim Assistance and Notification system (NC-SAVAN): 1-800-627-2826. This system can provide you with information as to whether an offender is currently incarcerated, where, and when released. It can also notify you of an offender's release when it occurs.

Application for monetary reimbursement due to a Domestic Violence situation that resulted in medical expenses and/or lost wages, Crime Victims Compensation Commission, 1-800-826-6200. For application availability, the crime must have been reported to law enforcement within 72 hours.

**Information provided courtesy of the NC Magistrates Association
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