Steps to take when Domestic Violence is a Civil offense
- File a complaint in the civil clerk's office on the third floor of the Durham County Judicial Building, 201 E. Main Street.
- Currently there are no filing fees charged.
- A judge can order that the abuser not assault, threaten, or harass you; that you keep possession of the residence, vehicle, and your personal property; that the abuser stay away from you, your residence, your work.
- An order can be granted for up to one year and can be renewed before it expires.
- You must keep a copy of your order with you at all times.
- If the abuser violates the order, call the police.
- It is a crime to violate a Protective Order, and the abuser can be arrested or you can get a warrant.