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Wake nonprofit: Recent cases show uptick in domestic violence

Posted December 5, 2012

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— A Wake County nonprofit that provides help to domestic violence victims says their caseload has tripled in recent years.

"Three years ago, we saw seven families a day. Now, we are seeing 23 families a day," said Christina Brewer, spokeswoman for Interact of Wake County.

Domestic violence cases continue to make headlines in North Carolina as well. On Monday, a Holly Springs couple was found shot to death in an apparent murder-suicide. Amber Seymore called 911 about her husband just 10 days before she was killed.

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"My husband has a gun and a bad temper," she told the dispatcher. "He shoved me and got in my face and was yelling at me when I was holding the kids."

Officers said the couple's 2-year-old child was home when Robert Seymore fatally shot his wife and then himself.

"It is very heartbreaking," said Brewer. 

Also on Monday, a pregnant Roanoke Rapids convenience store clerk was repeatedly stabbed during an attack by her boyfriend, police said. She had recently ended their relationship.

Christina Brewer Wake nonprofit: Recent cases show uptick in domestic violence

"When someone leaves a dangerous, violent situation, or shortly thereafter, they are 75 times more likely to be killed," Brewer said. "So it is extremely dangerous times for these women."

On Tuesday, Nash County deputies say, 65-year-old David Leonard shot and killed his girlfriend, 41-year-old Leasa Smith.

Brewer said these recent cases show how important it is to get away from abusers as early as possible without risking one's safety. For many women, the abuser has made them feel isolated and threatened, so it can be hard to leave the relationship.

But organizations like Interact can help women make the transition.

"(We are) letting the community know it is everybody's issue, not just someone's issue," Brewer said.

She added: If someone expresses fear for their safety at home, believe them.


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  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 6, 2012

    These women needs to be helped and put in a very safe place where the boyfriend or husband cannot find them. Sending them to family is not a great idea or even her friends.

  • shannonatlanticvend Dec 6, 2012

    ssgncng2- I find that you were so bluntly told "we dont service men" because that is a complete and utter lie. I have counseled male DV victims at InterAct MYSELF! InterAct provides safety and support to ALL people of DV. Men included.

  • Pepe Silvia Dec 6, 2012

    lisalisa682001 - Please, please, please get the help you need and do not let ANYONE manipulate and lie to you to keep you from doing so. It is strictly confidential.

    There is no reason you should even have to TELL your job you are going, let alone any risk of losing it and I can't imagine any employer wishing their employee wasn't taken care of.

  • storchheim Dec 6, 2012

    "I have recently gotten out of an 11-year emotionally abusive relationship, which had started to turn physical. Anyhow, I had mentioned to him that I was going to go to counseling at Interact. " lisalisa

    If you're talking to him about this kind of thing, you're not out of the "relationship".

  • storchheim Dec 6, 2012

    " Where is family and friends?"

    The ones we can't be bothered speaking to because we're texting some stranger? The ones we don't eat dinner with because we're all so busy with absolute dreck? The kids we put on the school bus or waaaaaay in the back of the room-sized, video-equipped (so we don't have to talk, dream or think) SUV? The elders we've dismissed because they wanted to hear from us every so often and were "needy" that way?

  • storchheim Dec 6, 2012

    Going by 'welfare is a trap' 's screen name, I think s/he was sarcastic. Airborne Daddy, I hope you were too.

  • storchheim Dec 6, 2012

    "Sadly, abusive women will not acknowledge their anger or self-control issues; they have no remorse, and refuse to take responsibilities for their actions."

    Unlike abusive men.

  • FlyingTurtles Dec 6, 2012

    What I find irritating about this article and some of the posters here is that they operate under the delusion that domestic violence = stuff men do to women. The truth is a plurality of domestic violence situations are mutual. Men abusing passive women is second and women abusing men is third. However, Interact is begging a lawsuit as they accept government funding yet refuse to aid men. My son's now ex-wife put a gun in his face and called us on several occasions screaming at us that she was going to "kill your ******* son". HE was prosecuted for the joke charge of assault on a female when he pushed her away and ran out of the house. She thought it was funny and laughed/bragged of it later. The Deputy that arrived on the scene refused to listen when told she had a gun, the DA's only concern was securing a conviction at the behest of Interact. Interact told my son, point blank, they don't offer services for men, I was there. We paid for a private psychologist who diagnosed PTSD.

  • shannonatlanticvend Dec 6, 2012

    LisaLisa- You will NOT lose your job. It is totally confidential. I volunteer there. I can give you the straight up facts. Please reach out and get the help you are looking for.

  • workinghuman33 Dec 6, 2012

    I would really appreciate it. I just refuse to believe that a person would lose their job for going to Interact for counseling(???)

    I agree with monami! Firstly, why would you loose your job? What is the "reasoning" behind that statement. If you are out of that relationship cut all ties, move, change your phone number, change email address, change your FB account. Be done! It's control and manipulation. No one can make you feel stupid, worthless or inferior unless you allow it. DON'T ALLOW IT!!!! Take charge of your life and don't look back.