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Study Suggests Gap In Domestic Violence Convictions Across N.C.

Posted March 31, 2005

— A new report released on Thursday shows North Carolina courts may have their own pattern when it comes to domestic violence.

The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research claims domestic violence conviction rates vary greatly across the state.

"There's some judges if there's not a witness, they're not going to hear the case. Bang, it's dismissed," said Mike McLaughlin, of the North Carolina Center for Public Policy.

The group said some district attorneys are more aggressive than others. It also wants lawmakers to put more aggressive laws on the books.

According to the study, Avery County has the lowest conviction rate at 12 percent. Bertie and Hertford counties are tied with the highest at 57 percent. The statewide average is 33 percent.


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