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State Wants To Protect Children In Domestic Violence Cases

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The state unveiled a plan Monday to protect children in domestic violence cases.

Gov. Mike Easley discussed a report that suggests policy and legislative changes to help children in violent homes.

"Domestic violence is one of the most far-reaching and damaging problems facing our families in North Carolina," said Easley. "The toll it takes on our children, our families, and our entire communities is enormous."

Some of the report's highlights include:

  • Routinely addressing the temporary custody of children during domestic violence protective order hearings
  • Ongoing education and training for allied professionals
  • Adopting a statute that criminalizes the act of seriously assaulting an adult in the presence of a child
  • Adopting K-12 character education including an antiviolence message and conflict resolution component
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