25% of violent deaths in NC a result of intimate partner violence
North Carolina has developed assistance programs to give victims of intimate partner violence a number of resources to rely on for help.Posted — Updated
Data collected by the North Carolina Violent Death Reporting System shows almost a quarter of violent deaths in North Carolina are the result of intimate partner violence. Additionally, IPV is the leading cause of female homicides, comprising approximately 50 percent of these deaths.
To address these sobering statistics, the state has developed assistance programs ranging from counseling to 24-hour hotlines. There is also an address confidentiality program, which protects victims by making their home addresses less available to their abusers.
These programs are meant to give victims of IPV a number of resources to rely on for help.
"Thankfully, in our state we have resources for people to turn to," said Catherine Guerrero, Associate Director for the N.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence. "Whether one is facing a physically violent partner, an emotionally abusive partner, a stalker, or a has a friend in need of assistance, there are programs in every county across the state that can help."
North Carolina IPV resources
The North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence website has organized a comprehensive list of resources categorized according to county. Below are resources for the three most populated areas in North Carolina (Charlotte, the Triad and the Triangle).
Charlotte (Greater Charlotte Metro area)
Piedmont Triad (Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point)
Research Triangle Area (Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and the greater Triangle area)
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
In addition to the programs listed above, there are other North Carolina-based non-profit organizations and governmental assistance programs that provide help to those trying to repair their lives or escape their abusers.
"We are fortunate in North Carolina to have a variety of programs," Guerrero said. "Anyone seeking help can contact one of these organizations for help or a referral. People can call even if they don't know exactly what they need. Advocates can listen, problem solve and help identify the best resources or services for a particular need."
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