Court Advocacy and Electronic Filing of Domestic Violence Protective Orders

 

Court Advocacy

InterAct employs a full-time court advocate who is present every day in Wake County’s civil and criminal domestic violence court rooms. InterAct’s court advocate assists victims with protective orders, explains court paperwork and the legal process, accompanies them to ex-parte and ten-day hearings and helps provide criminal histories of defendants or other vital information to maximize protection of victims and their children. InterAct court advocates do not provide legal advice.

Electronic Filing For Domestic Violence Protective Orders

Victims of domestic violence are now able to electronically file a Domestic Violence Protective Order Application at InterAct’s Family Safety and Empowerment Center.  Victims can complete and file an order of protection and have the case heard before a judge via video-conference – all at InterAct.

Electronic filing for domestic violence protective orders offers victims a safe and confidential environment outside of the courthouse to file for a protective order with the assistance of a trained advocate. Offering this option at InterAct provides victims the opportunity to have immediate access to the full continuum of InterAct’s other services such as counseling, safety planning, shelter, legal referrals, case management, and meeting basic needs.