Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between ages 15 and 44 in the United States, more than car accidents, mugging, and rape combined. It is estimated that a woman is beaten every 15 seconds in the US.
One in five women victimized by their spouses or ex-spouses report they had been victimized repeatedly by the same person. Domestic violence does not occur only in poor, urban areas. Women of all cultures, races, occupations, income levels, and ages are battered.
A study by researchers at UNC Charlotte that was featured in the Charlotte Observer found that an estimated 157,193 adult North Carolinians are victims of domestic violence every year. The study estimated that domestic violence costs the state approximately $307,856,298 annually.
The North Carolina Department of Justice reported that there were 108 domestic violence related homicides in a 2013. Of those, 62 victims were female and 46 victims were male, while 88 offenders were male and 27 offenders were female.
According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, there were 110 domestic violence related homicides in 2016, but only 109 cataloged offenders. In these cases, 73 victims were female and 37 victims were male, while 87 offenders were male and 22 offenders were female.
The North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV) reports that national statistics show that on average, nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner every minute in the United States, and a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds. The NCCADV states that intimate partner violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime.
Data from the North Carolina Council for Women & Youth Involvement shows 101,940 phone calls came in to domestic and sexual abuse service providers for the period of 2015-2016. A total of 48,601 people were seen in person for services, roughly 40,000 of whom identified as female.
One of the most prominent organizations for victims of domestic violence in the Shelby area of North Carolina is the Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council, Inc. In addition to serving as Cleveland County’s only rape crisis center, the Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council also provides numerous services for free or at minimal cost, including a 24-hour Crisis Hotline, shelter, professional counseling, and support groups.
If you are the victim of a crime of domestic violence, you will want to quickly retain legal counsel. An experienced attorney will be able to assist you in several matters relating to your case.
First, your family lawyer can help you obtain a Domestic Violence Protective Order, also referred to as a “restraining order” or a “50B order.” This can be used to force an intimate partner to vacate a shared residence and prohibit attempted communications with you.
An attorney can handle the filings and court appearances relating to the protective order, as well as court matters relating to other issues, such as divorce or child custody. The lawyer will also be able to represent you in any dealings with an abusive partner or their attorney.
If you have been the victim of any crime of domestic violence in Shelby or a surrounding area of Cleveland County, it is in your best interest to quickly seek legal representation. Teddy, Meekins & Talbert represents victims of domestic violence. You can have our lawyers review your case and help you understand all of your legal options when you call us or contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation.