Domestic Abuse In North Carolina

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Three North Carolinians-Britney Puryear, Stephanie Lilley, and Adaline Phillips-are just a few of the victims whose lives were tragically cut short in 2014 by domestic violence. In North Carolina, domestic violence homicides totaled 64 in 2014 alone. Of course, domestic abuse rarely begins with a weapon. Instead, the intensity often progresses over time as the abuser attempts to gain and maintain total control over his or her victim. Abusive behavior may start with possessiveness, move into verbal threats, and eventually escalate into increasingly harmful physical violence.

Domestic violence is widespread, and if you have experienced or are experiencing it-you are certainly not alone. On average, every 60 seconds, 24 men and women in the United States are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner. What's more, if the victim does not safely remove herself or himself from the abusive relationship, the abuse is likely to continue. Research shows that the majority of female victims of intimate partner violence were previously victimized by the same abuser.

Am I a Victim of Domestic Abuse?

Sometimes, it may be difficult to recognize or admit that you are being abused, perhaps because it does not seem severe, because you grew up in an abusive household, or because you excuse or feel responsible for the ill treatment.

Signs of abusive behavior are numerous and varied; some symptoms include when your abuser: isolates you from others, blames you for his or her problems or behavior, forces you to have sex or perform sexual acts against your will, physically injures you, demonstrates excessive jealously, refuses to let you leave the house, stalks you, or constantly needs to know your location.

If you believe you may be a victim of domestic abuse, please consider taking steps to safeguard yourself. In North Carolina, one way to protect yourself in certain situations of domestic violence is to seek a Domestic Violence Protective Order. In our next article, we discuss in greater detail the process for obtaining a Domestic Violence Protective Order.

Get Help Today

If you are suffering from domestic abuse, do not hesitate to reach out for help. There are a number of resources available to you. You know your own situation best, but bear in mind that an abuser may retaliate if you seek assistance and could possibly monitor your internet usage; use all precautions to do so safely and privately.

When you are safely able to do so, check out North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence's list of service providers here. Find out how to create a safety plan that you can use to help protect you and your children. If you want to speak to someone right now, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE(7233).

Baker Billick has attorneys who specialize in domestic violence cases and have experience working with victims of domestic violence. Our family law attorneys will offer you full support and understanding throughout this difficult time in your life. We are located in Concord, NC. If you would like to speak with a family law attorney about the possibility of pursuing a Domestic Violence Protection Order, contact our Concord, NC office today.

This article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered or substituted as legal advice.