Category: Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is an all too common occurrence across the country, North Carolina included.

According to the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, about 20 people per minute are physically abused by a partner. Over the course of just one year, that adds up to over 10 million incidents.

With such shocking statistics, it’s not uncommon for a survivor to be accused of killing their abusive partner. In those cases, the individual and those who advocate for them may see it clearly as a case of self-defense – but what does the law [...]

Domestic violence continues to be a substantial issue in North Carolina. To help fight this issue, the Governor of North Carolina signs Bill S493 into law in July of 2019, taking effect in December 2019. This bill makes several changes to the domestic violence laws in the state that are important to know about.

If you are arrested for domestic violence in North Carolina, here’s what you need to know about this new law and the batterer intervention program that is now a part of it.

Domestic Violence Laws in North Carolina: Batterer

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The COVID-19 lockdown has impacted nearly every facet of society – including domestic violence. Safety nets for domestic violence have been taken away, as have support systems to help offenders from reoffending.

Representatives in the state are concerned about the impact sheltering in place has had, saying difficulties leaving the home to get away (which can help reduce the incidents of domestic violence that can arise) make it near impossible to relieve over-stressed, frayed nerves.

Right now there is an increased need for mental health services, but just because you’re not leaving your [...]

Domestic violence is an unfortunate reality for many people. It is a problem with a frequency that touches every demographic in America, affecting millions of lives each year. Because of this, the North Caroline criminal justice system takes accusations of abuse seriously. 

Punitive measures against serial abusers are an important part of curbing the epidemic…but so is getting to the root cause of the behavior. 

One common reason given for abuse is an addiction. The claim is that if someone is addicted to a substance, that addiction can cause them to lash out [...]

Domestic violence cases can come with stigmas and stereotypes of what an abuser looks like. In a straight relationship, women are often viewed as more sympathetic or victims – even if they are actually the abuser. These stereotypes are even more harmful when LGBTQ victims come forward and ask for protection. 

That’s right. We know well that domestic violence happens in same-sex relationships, too, and at higher rates than many people might expect. How high?

  • 43.8% of lesbian women have experienced physical domestic violence (“rape, physical violence, and/or stalking”) by an intimate partner 
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