A special statewide project of Legal Aid of North Carolina
(to request legal services, call you local
The Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) is a statewide project of
Legal Aid of North Carolina that provides legal assistance to battered women
and/or domestic violence victims. Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) is a
nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in all 100 counties of
North Carolina through 24 geographically located
offices. Additionally, LANC's
Project (BIP) provides comprehensive and culturally appropriate
legal services to battered immigrants across the state of North
Legal Aid of North Carolina offices
have attorneys who can serve victims of domestic violence, regardless of how
much money they make. These attorneys can help with civil remedies,
meaning they can help you with domestic violence protective orders. Click here
to view the telephone numbers of
Legal Aid of North Carolina offices by county.
If you need help right away, call 911.
If you need information or someone to talk to, you can call the National
Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) 1.800.787.3224 (TDD)
DVPI/BIP Administrative Staff
TeAndra Miller, Esq., DVPI/BIP Project Director
Patricia Harris, Project Litigation Assistant
224 S. Dawson Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
919-856-2157; Fax: 919-856-2120
Rona Karacacova, Esq., Staff Attorney (Charlotte Office),
Jennifer Stuart, Esq., Staff Attorney (Raleigh DVPI Office),
Amanda B. Raflo Staff Attorney (
Kate Shattuck, Jesuit Volunteer (LANC-Farmworker Unit, Raleigh)
Abusers Can Monitor Your Online
and Offline Activity
Your Internet activity may not be totally secure. If your abuser knows
computers well, you might not be able to hide all your tracks. There are ways
that an abuser can access your E-mail and also find out where you have been on
the internet. Please read this page to learn about some of the ways to
The National Center for Victims of Crime has created a comprehensive
Safety Plan, which we
have reproduced for you.
A Practical Guide for Domestic Violence Survival
How does the law
protect people against domestic violence? What is domestic violence under North
Carolina law? How can a victim of domestic
violence get help?
The above are just a few items discussed in
"A Practical Guide for Domestic Violence Survival."
About the Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative
The Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) is a specialized, statewide
project of Legal Aid of North Carolina that provides legal assistance to victims of domestic
violence. It is comprised of attorney/advocates based in Legal Aid of North Carolina field offices (geographically located across the North Carolina) and a
project director located in Raleigh. These DVPI attorneys/advocates are trained
in the laws available to help increase the safety and self-sufficiency of
victims, as well as the dynamics of domestic violence and safety planning.
Legal Aid of North Carolina's Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative works closely with
agencies and task forces
serving victims of domestic violence see links.
The DVPI has existing formal collaborative agreements and referral protocols
with more than 60 domestic violence victim services organizations throughout the
state, and informal working relationships with at least 20 others. The DVPI also
partners with the University of North Carolina School of Law, at which a DVPI
attorney trains and supervises law students in the domestic violence clinic to
represent victims of domestic violence.
The types of services that are provided vary between office areas as a result
of different funding resources and restrictions. Legal Aid of North Carolina's
receives funding for domestic violence work from a
Victims of Crime Act
(VOCA) grant to provide emergency-only services, such as
obtaining and enforcing protection orders. LANC also receives funding for
domestic violence work from the State of North Carolina.
Legal Aid of North Carolina's DVPI attorneys/advocates provide legal advice and
representation to domestic violence victims in non-criminal legal matters. Most Legal Aid of North Carolina offices have one or two domestic violence
attorneys/advocates on staff. In field offices without a DVPI attorney on
staff, Legal Aid of North Carolina typically contracts with local attorneys to represent
battered women in protection order hearings on a case-by-case basis.
For information on legal services, call the
Legal Aid of North Carolina office nearest you.
The materials on this website
are for information and educational purposes only and do not
constitute legal advice. Please note that Legal Aid of North Carolina does not
provide legal assistance by email. Contact your Legal Aid of
North Carolina office or a private attorney if you need to speak
to an attorney regarding your particular situation.
Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that
provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in
order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers
to economic opportunity.