Category: Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a crime taken very seriously by the state of North Carolina. The penalties for those found guilty of domestic violence crimes can be quite severe, so it’s important to understand what domestic violence is, how it’s perpetrated and prosecuted, and what can be faced if you are found guilty of it.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about domestic violence in North Carolina to help you gain a deeper understanding of this crime.

Domestic Violence: What Is It?

Domestic violence is defined under North Carolina law as [...]

A North Carolina girl, pregnant at 15, never expected to be put in this situation. In her small conservative town, she felt the community pressuring her to marry the 17-year-old father and take the responsibility for getting pregnant to “make it right.” 

Now 40 years old, court documents show that she had endured years of abuse, just like numerous other teenagers in North Carolina today. She is still trying to escape the torment of her child’s father, while also working to advocate for victims of domestic violence.

North Carolina is aiming to reduce [...]

Stalking is a serious crime in North Carolina. It’s an invasion of privacy that not only makes victims fearful in the moment but can also be traumatic for them in the long term. This is why North Carolina has specific laws that make stalking against the law.

However, stalking doesn’t usually happen in a vacuum. It is a crime that has close ties to both sexual assault and domestic violence. If someone is found to perpetrate stalking against a person who qualifies as a domestic violence victim, the consequences can be even [...]

To many, COVID-19 has sheltered them in a state of boredom, confinement, and spiritlessness. Others, however, have been imprisoned in a state of danger, uncertainty, and domestic abuse at the hands of their partner.

Domestic abuse is more prevalent in situations involving drug and alcohol abuse, unemployment, or emotional isolation, all of which have drastically increased since the start of the pandemic. In just 38 counties of North Carolina, the number of domestic violence reports have increased — from 22776 before the pandemic to 24760 after it began.

While domestic violence cases most [...]

Domestic violence as a crime is, unfortunately, common. Those who attempt to defend themselves in domestic violence cases have an uphill battle – a battle that may soon get a little more difficult.

A bill in North Carolina may soon support victims of domestic violence to appear in court virtually. While it is in the early stages of drafting, it could be a big change for cases involving domestic violence, harassment, and sexual abuse. 

Many victims are afraid to confront their abusers in court, so this law could make it easier for [...]