Legal & Policy Work

 

NCCADV Legislative Agenda 2021-2022

Ensure domestic violence service programs are fully funded

The Coalition, member programs, and our allies will advocate strongly to promote funding domestic violence programs and service providers to the fullest extent possible, ensuring that they receive the funding they need to continue serving survivors during uncertain economic conditions.
 

Increase court access for domestic violence protective order filings during emergency court closures.

NCCADV advocates for legislative changes to G.S. 50B-2 to require Chief District Court Judges to ensure that a judge or magistrate remains available to hear requests for emergency ex parte domestic violence protective orders when courthouses are unexpectedly closed for inclement weather, COVID-19 exposure, and other emergencies.
 

Ensure equal access to domestic violence protections for all survivors.

NCCADV supports amending the definition of “personal relationship” in G.S. 50B-1 to remove the discriminatory “opposite sex” requirement for qualifying dating relationships. This change is necessary to ensure all survivors are able to access domestic violence protections, regardless of their sex or gender identity.
 

Limit and clarify which subsequent court orders may supersede a domestic violence protective order.

NCCADV promotes amending language in G.S. 50B-7 to only allow family court matters between the same parties to supersede similar provisions in a domestic violence protective order. This change is necessary to provide legal clarity and prevent abusive parties from using the legal system to continually undermine the protections granted in a protective order.
 

End child marriage in North Carolina by raising the age requirement for marriage.

NCCADV joins a number of advocates and experts across the state working together to raise the minimum age of marriage to 18 without exception. This change is necessary as part of a larger effort to end forced marriages and reduce instances of domestic and sexual violence, poverty, medical and mental health problems, school drop-outs, and divorces that are made more likely by child marriage.
 

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Legal & Policy Program

NCCADV's Legal & Policy Program consists of our Legal Director and Policy Director. Through these roles, our attorneys partner with survivors, domestic violence service providers, and allied professionals across the state to improve survivors' access to the services and prevent domestic violence. We develop and facilitate trainings on current legal issues impacting survivors, and we provide legal information in the form of technical assistance to partners across North Carolina.