October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and several communities across the country will be hosting campaigns and events to bring attention to the social disease that affects thousands of people in the United States a year.
According to data from the Violence Policy Center, North Carolina is fourth worst state in the country for female homicides caused by a single male offender. One issue less focused on when discussing domestic violence is the link between stalking and abusive relationships. In a 2008 study of 10 major U.S. cities, 89 percent of female homicide victims were stalked within 12 months of their murder.
One in 12 women will be stalked at some point in their life and 59 percent of women who have experienced stalking report their stalker as a previous or current intimate partner. In addition, one in 45 men will be stalked in their lifetime and 30 percent of men who have been stalked report their stalker as a previous or current partner.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of domestic violence, contact the Raleigh domestic violence lawyers of Marshall & Taylor P.C. at 919-833-1040 to learn more about your rights.