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You have indicated that your wife's ex-husband ripped a cell phone from her hand and left a slight bruise on her while in your step-daughter's hospital room. This would constitute domestic violence under (N.C. Gen. Stat. § 50B-1). Domestic violence exists when people that share a personal relationship (ex-spouses) commits an act which (1) intentionally causes or attempts to cause bodily injury, (2) puts the victim or victim's family members in fear of bodily injury or continuous harassment which causes substantial emotional distress or (3) commits certain sex-related crimes against the victim. Your wife may also want to obtain a protective order against him. She may got to the court and petition for an emergency protective order if she believes that she or the minor child are in danger of serious injury or harm. The emergency protective order is good for 10 days. After that, she may be able to get a protective order for one year, which can be renewed for another year. I hope this helps.
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Also, this may fall within the criminal offense of assault and battery which is a misdemeanor that usually carries a maximum sentence of five months in jail and possibly a fine.
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