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According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, “More than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the US will experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.”

This is just one of many frightening statistics related to domestic violence. Domestic violence impacts everyone, not just the victim. From lost days at work or underperformance to the impact on children who may see and mimic and perpetuate this behavior, we all pay the price. That’s why since 1987, October has been designated as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”

What began as a way for organizations to shine a spotlight on domestic violence issues has now turned into a movement to develop and advance resources for victims and survivors of domestic violence on a national level.

Domestic Violence Statistics

  • 134 domestic violence-related homicides in 2020 in NC
  • Around 3 people died per week from domestic violence in 2020.
  • In NC in 2020, 74 percent of the perpetrators of domestic violence-related homicides were male.
  • 899 victims were served in a single day in NC in 2018; 555 domestic violence victims found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs.
  • In a 13-hour survey period in 2018 in NC, local and state hotlines answered 329 calls, averaging more than 14 hotline calls every hour.

Signs of Domestic Violence

Abuse often starts with small things and escalates. Abusers often apologize and promise never to hurt you again, but without professional help, they will likely repeat this abuse. Just a few signs of domestic violence include:

  1. Trying to distance you from family and friends
  2. Controlling finances without sharing information and preventing you from accessing money for needed items
  3. Threatening to harm (or take away) your children or pets
  4. Intimidating you with weapons or the threat of physical violence
  5. Showing extreme jealousy of family and friends
  6. Telling you that you are worthless or can’t do anything right
  7. Actual physical violence

Click here to learn more signs of domestic violence.

Domestic violence doesn’t always look like what you see in the movies or on TV. You never know what someone is going through.

Seek Help

As a law firm, we are committed to raising awareness about issues that impact our community. If you, or someone you know, is experiencing domestic violence, please seek help. Here are a few available resources for you:

Local domestic violence agencies

North Carolina Domestic Violence Programs

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233(SAFE) or TTY 1-800-787-3224


Remember, you are not alone, and there are resources available to support you through difficult times.