A total of 108 people were killed by domestic violent in 2013 in North Carolina, but Attorney General Roy Cooper said that number is down 14 from the previous year.
“Any drop in murders is a hopeful sign, but for every abusive relationship that ends with a tragic death, many more victims continue to suffer,” Cooper said in a written release. “We must continue to fight this dangerous crime and help victims escape abuse.”
Under a state law enacted in 2007, law enforcement agencies are required to report domestic violence related homicides yearly to the State Bureau of Investigation
Of the domestic violence murders reported in the state last year, 62 of the victims were female and 46 were male. The murders were committed by 88 male offenders and 27 female offenders.
Guilford County reported the highest number of domestic violence murders last year with 11. Mecklenburg County ranked second with nine domestic violence murders reported, while Wake and Buncombe counties tied for the third most domestic violence murders with eight each.
Durham County ranked fourth with six domestic violence homicides reported, and Harnett County ranked fifth with five.
Final statewide crime statistics for North Carolina will be available later this year.