This list serves as a memorial to the victims of domestic violence and their surviving families. It also shows the deadly impact domestic violence has here in North Carolina. We thank the media, advocates, allies, and surviving family members who help us with this project. We hope that by raising awareness of the deadliness of this crime that legislators and other policy makers with the power to strengthen protections for victims will be educated about the lethality of domestic violence and moved to enact protections so that others will be saved.
Currently NCCADV tracks deaths which are a result of intimate partner violence. Our annual list honoring victims includes both victims killed directly by their current or former intimate partner as well third parties who are killed as a result of intimate partner violence. Intimate partners include both same-sex and opposite sex intimate partners.
NC Department of Public Safety Domestic Violence Homicide Reports
The NC Department of Public Safety (NC DPS) also releases a report that provides information about domestic violence homicides in North Carolina. Under a state law enacted in 2007, law enforcement agencies are required annually to report to the State Bureau of Investigation homicides in which the offender had a personal relationship to the victim as defined by Chapter 50B-1(b) of the NC General Statutes. The NC DPS analyzes these reports and releases a summary report each year providing statewide statistics on domestic violence and family violence homicides. Those Domestic Violence Homicide reports are available on NC DPS website. NCCADV supports honoring the families and victims in family violence homicides and acknowledging the devastating impact these homicides have on individuals, families and communities. Because the NC DPS releases a report capturing this data, beginning in 2011, NCCADV shifted our reporting from including family violence homicides on our website to reporting on intimate partner homicide. We support the Department of Public Safety’s efforts to maintain this database and capture this data.
NC Violent Death Reporting System
The North Carolina Violent Death Reporting System (NC-VDRS) also collects data on deaths that result from violence, including domestic violence homicides. NC-VDRS has collected data since 2004 and uses medical examiner records, vital statistics and law enforcement reports to capture domestic violence related homicides among North Carolina residents. Because data is collected from multiple sources, these reports are generally released 2 years after the calendar year in which homicides were perpetrated. Fact sheets can be found on the NC Health and Human Resources website.
NCCADV has collected information on domestic violence homicides in North Carolina since January 1, 2002. Information is gathered from public sources, primarily from media reports. This information is not intended to be an official record of all domestic violence homicides and family violence homicides in prior years in North Carolina for the time period covered. Homicides are included based on case specific information that demonstrates a correlation between intimate partner violence and the death of the victim. Nothing included in this information is intended to represent a legal standard of guilt or innocence. Please contact NCCADV if there is a homicide not listed that should be considered for inclusion on this website.