Domestic violence homicides rose in NC last year

From staff reportsApril 9, 2013 

 

RALEIGH

— Domestic violence resulted in the deaths of 122 people in North Carolina last year, the second highest total since the state began requiring law enforcement agencies to track domestic violence homicides five years ago.

Attorney General Roy Cooper released the numbers Tuesday and highlighted tools that would help prevent domestic violence deaths. These include an “address confidentiality program” that allows victims of domestic violence to establish an address for first-class mail that’s maintained by the Attorney General’s Office and not traceable to their physical address.

The total number of homicides in North Carolina last year won’t be tallied until this summer, said Cooper’s spokeswoman, Noelle Talley. But in previous years, about one in five homicides in the state involved people in a domestic relationship, including people who are, or were at one time, dating, married or living together or are related as parents or children.

Other findings from Tuesday’s report:

• Sixty-four percent of domestic violence homicide victims in the state last year were female.

• Eighty-five percent of those accused of homicide in these cases were male.

• Seven of the 122 victims had received protective orders from a court. In three instances, the protective order was current at the time of the homicide.

• Wake County, the state’s second most populous, had 11 domestic violence homicides, the most of any county in the state, followed by Mecklenburg with eight, Guilford with six and Robeson with five.

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