In North Carolina, same-sex couples were granted the right to marry in 2014, however LGBT individuals must continue to fight for equal protection under the law. That’s because North Carolina is the only state in the U.S. that continues to discriminate against those in same-sex relationships to file for protective orders for domestic violence.
More than 1200 people are abused per hour, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), with more than 10,000,000 cases of domestic violence per year across the country.
Although the state law discriminates against same-sex domestic violence, some studies indicate that members of the LGBT community suffer equal if not greater rates of domestic violence across the United States, and yet the stigma around homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia often results in individuals being denied assistance and domestic violence services.
At the Law Office of Janice V. Coulter, we have the experience you need to challenge this unequal policy in court, regardless of your gender or sexual orientation. We believe everyone deserves the right to be safe, and we will work diligently to protect your rights in any way we can.
We understand the sensitivity around domestic violence, and we have compassion for what you’re going through. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation with the lawyer. Or, if you’re not sure where to start, you can download this guide to discover your rights as a LGBT individual experiencing domestic violence, or check out this list of organizations that offer support for LGBT individuals experiencing domestic violence.