North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

Domestic Violence: Crimes and Legal Issues

Please check our "Available Training" page for the most current status of the course. 

Who Should Attend:

Law enforcement officers assigned investigate domestic violence matters.

Course Goal:

Officers must be aware of their authority to engage in enforcement activities related to domestic violence and 50B protective orders. 

Course Objectives:

  • Define statutory domestic violence and personal relationship, explaining their importance in seeking a 50B protective order in North Carolina.
  • Explain the role the court plays in setting terms of a 50B protective order. 
  • Explain when officers can enforce out-of-state protective orders and out-of-state child custody orders. 
  • Explain the role firearms play in domestic violence, when the court may order firearms to be taken and how a defendant can request to have them returned.
  • Identify the difference between a 50B & 50C order based on who qualifies for each and explain who may obtain a Workplace Violence Prevention Order. 
  • Explain the importance of:
    • Evidence based prosecution 
    • Photography in investigation 
    • Thorough investigation 
    • Specialized domestic violence units
    • When warrantless arrest is appropriate 
    • Strangulation in domestic violence cases 
    • Serious injury as it relates to assault 
    • Serious bodily injury as it relates to assault 
    • Multiple convictions of domestic violence protective order violations
  • Explain how the 48 hour rule applies after arrest, specifically the importance of having a personal relationship when bond setting occurs. 
  • List at least three resources for victims 


This course employs lecture, class discussion and review of statutes and judicial decisions. 

Course Requirements:

Attendance is required for the entire session. 


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Course Coordinator:

Jarrett McGowan
Rick Brown

Length of Course:

One day - 8 hours

CICP Credit

Limit 2 students per department