Growing up in a home filled with domestic violence can be a terrifying experience for the children that live there. In fact, studies suggest that a child’s response to the ongoing violence can be deeply disturbing and result in a variety of difficulties for the child, ranging form persistent physical ailments to emotional and psychological trauma.
To best minimize a child’s exposure to domestic violence, the battered parent should apply for and obtain a domestic violence restraining order as quickly as possible to stop the violence. Under North Carolina law, a battered parent who needs protection can apply for a 50B domestic violence restraining order in which the judge can order immediate relief from the violence as well as other options for the battered parent.
This power point presents more information about domestic violence protection available to victims and contains information on how medical personnel can assist parents to get help.