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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
News image October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and October 19 is Domestic Violence Awareness Day. Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the State of North Carolina and "encourages citizens to raise awareness of the prevalence of domestic abuse; foster supportive communities where all people feel safe in all aspects of their lives; and help survivors recover, heal, seek justice, and thrive."

The eCourts Civil Domestic Violence System is available in Alamance, Davidson, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, and Wake counties. The award-winning system, started in Alamance County in June 2013, provides electronic filing for a domestic violence protective order with the assistance of a domestic violence advocate. The victim has total access to the district court community, including law enforcement, without the need to leave the safety of a secure remote location or compromise their privacy and confidentiality. Instead of multiple stops, the victim has a one-stop shop for their service needs. Citizens may contact the clerk's office for more information.

Ten additional counties and NCAWARE integration are expected by 2019, including New Hanover (October 30), Onslow (January 2018), Mecklenburg (March 2018), Buncombe, Carteret, Cumberland, Haywood, Orange, Pitt, and Robeson. Once implemented, the system will serve half of the state population, half of domestic violence protective order filings statewide, and more than half of domestic violence homicides statewide.

In 2013, North Carolina ranked 20th in the country for domestic violence homicides with 55, or 1.09 deaths per 100,000 females. In 2013, the N.C. Attorney General's office reported 108 domestic violence homicides, of which 62 were females. In 2015, the N.C. Council for Women reported 110,319 calls for service upon statewide domestic violence service providers by victims. Also in the same time period, N.C. district courts reported 31,172 applications for permanent domestic violence protective orders and 29,483 assault on a female and assault by strangulation charges filed statewide. In the U.S., 1.3 million women and 835,000 men experience domestic violence each year.

Publish Date: 10/19/2017
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