Dating violence deaths
People sign up for the program through local domestic violence shelters, sexual assault shelters and victim assistance centers.
"Anyone who believes they could benefit from our Address Confidentiality Program should contact their local shelter to apply," Cooper said.
"Local shelters are a lifeline for those who are trying to escape abuse, and we need to make sure that shelters continue to get the funding they need." Cooper also pointed to legislation backed by the NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence as a way to help prevent future abuse.
House Bill 559 would require local school boards to adopt policies on dating violence and would add to school health courses information on how to recognize dating violence and abusive behavior.
Mecklenburg County, the largest county by population, saw the second highest number of domestic violence murders (eight), while Guilford County, third largest in population, also ranked third in domestic violence homicides (six).
Of the 2012 murders, 78 of the victims were female and 44 were male.
Legislative proposals to require reporting to prosecutors if probationers fail to satisfy offender treatment programs are a good step, Cooper.
Mandating that consent protective orders be enforced like traditional protective orders could give victims a stronger voice, he said, a change proposed in House Bill 209.
S., which has the most firearms per capita in the world, suffers disproportionately from firearms compared with other high-income countries," said study author Erin Grinshteyn, an assistant professor at the School of Community Health Science at the University of Nevada-Reno.
"These results are consistent with the hypothesis that our firearms are killing us rather than protecting us," she said in a journal news release.
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Court orders put in place to restrain defendants from further acts of violence against victims remain a valuable tool for domestic violence victims, according to advocacy groups.