RALEIGH, NC (WECT) - A total of 108 North Carolinians were killed in domestic violence murders in 2013, a decrease of 14 from the previous year, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced today.
"Any drop in murders is a hopeful sign, but for every abusive relationship that ends with a tragic death, many more victims continue to suffer," Cooper said. "We must continue to fight this dangerous crime and help victims escape abuse."
Of the domestic violence murders reported in the state last year, 62 of the victims were female and 46 were male. The murders were committed by 88 males and 27 females.
Five of the 108 victims had taken out protective orders and three of the protective orders were current when the victims were murdered. One of the offenders was reported to be on pre-trial release for a domestic violence crime when the murder was committed.
Guilford County reported the highest number of domestic violence murders last year with 11.
Here's the breakdown for our local counties:
The complete report on domestic violence for all 100 counties can be found here: http://bit.ly/1lyc3Bl
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