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Domestic violence awareness deemed important by North Carolina governor

North Carolina Governor Patrick McCrory declared October as the “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in North Carolina in an effort to recognize the negative impact that domestic violence has had on the lives of far too many citizens of the state.

McCrory noted that “the number of North Carolinians affected by domestic violence each year is staggering.”

Domestic violence can manifest itself in many ways – be it mental, emotional, financial, or physical abuse.

Data from the North Carolina Department of Justice showed that around 119 women, men, and children died because of domestic violence-related homicides in 2014 in the state.

Understanding your legal rights and options when it comes to ending a marriage or escaping a particularly tumultuous relationship is essential. If you have a family law case involving divorce or domestic violence in Raleigh or other areas in North Carolina, do not hesitate to seek professional legal guidance from our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC, by calling our offices today at 919-833-1040.

Teenage domestic violence a silent danger

The recent arrest of 17-year-old Kelton Fox in Durham for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Tierra Hall has tragically brought teenage domestic violence into the spotlight in North Carolina, WTVD reported on April 1.

Fox has been indicted with first-degree murder in relation to Hall, who was found dead behind a vacant home on March 28. Although this is an extreme example, the private nonprofit organization Interact knows that domestic violence among teenagers is far more common than one might think.

The director of education training and engagement in domestic violence for the Raleigh chapter, Stephanie Francis, said that domestic violence can begin among young teens around the age of 12. Red flags include an unhealthy amount of calls and texts, isolation from friends and family, and invasion of privacy into social media accounts.

The attorneys of Marshall & Taylor PLLC passionately work for the protection of domestic violence victims, and we may be able to help you out of a dangerous situation by seeking a restraining order. Call our offices at 919-833-1040 today to begin taking action.

Gregory Hardy still to be investigated by NFL despite case dismissal

Despite the dismissal of 26-year-old Carolina Panthers’ defensive end Gregory Hardy’s domestic violence case on February 9 in Charlotte, North Carolina, the National Football League has announced that it will still investigate the personal life of Hardy to find out if he violated the league’s personal-conduct policy, according to a report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The case was reportedly dismissed because the prosecution panel was unable to get hold of Nicole Holder, the plaintiff in the case and Hardy’s ex-girlfriend, even after multiple tries to contact her via various media. Therefore, she was unable to testify against Hardy that day.

“Reliable information” from the district attorney’s office indicated that Holder and Hardy may have been able to come to a civil settlement agreement.

Hardy was convicted last year of assaulting and threatening Holder’s life and had appealed the ruling.

Our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC, in Raleigh handle family legal issues such as divorce, child custody and support, alimony, and even domestic violence. For more information on the kind of legal services we offer, you may call us at 919-833-1040 or visit our website.

Charlotte Christmas tree commemorates domestic violence victims

To remember the 59 victims of domestic violence in North Carolina this year, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and members of the local Safe Alliance constructed a special holiday tree for this Christmas and hung the names of victims upon the tree, Charlotte TWC News reported on December 15.

Among those whose lives were senselessly lost due to domestic violence was Bianca Tanner, who had gone missing for over a month and whose body was found in Charlotte. Her boyfriend is facing charges of murder for her death.

Deputy City Manager Ron Kimble, who lost his only daughter to domestic violence two years earlier, said losing a loved one to this kind of indignity makes it hard for the family of the victims to accept the circumstances of their death.

When heated arguments escalate to physical violence in intimate relationships, such as those between couples or between parents and offspring, legal action needs to be taken. Do not hesitate to make contact with our attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC in Raleigh to pursue legal means of protection. Call us today at 919-833-1040.

North Carolina programs promote domestic violence prevention

Thousands of high school coaches across the country are participating in a program created by nonprofit Futures Without Violence, called Coaching Boys Into Men, which is intended to prevent domestic violence, the Union-Bulletin reported on November 24.

Coaches relay messages on how to treat women and children to the young men on their teams. The football coach at Woodland Hills High in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kevin Murray, told his players that, “one of the biggest components of being a man is how you treat females,” in a bid to teach his students about the effects of domestic violence.

In relation to this, a more stringent version of that message is being disseminated at a jailhouse in High Point, North Carolina to men who are in jail for domestic violence-related cases–as these men are in danger of committing the same offenses again. This second program is called Offender-Focused Domestic Violence Initiative, which was developed by a criminal justice professor in High Point in 2009. After its full implementation in 2012, the number of repeat domestic violence offenders has decreased by 9 percent in High Point.

If you are experiencing abuse or feel threatened in Raleigh, the attorneys at Marshall & Taylor PLLC may offer you legal solutions for your protection. Call our offices at 919-833-1040 to learn about your legal options.

Domestic violence awareness promoted by North Carolina fraternities

During April, several fraternity chapters throughout North Carolina, including Duke’s Phi Delta Theta, will be campaigning to increase awareness of domestic violence and help raise money in conjunction with Fraternities4Family, a state-wide organization. The Phi Delt fraternity will be specifically raising money for Families Living Violence Free, which is a Granville County rape and domestic violence center.

The overall goal of the campaign is to increase awareness of violence against women and children in both the community and on Duke’s campus. Duke’s Phi Delt fraternity president, Edgar Baldridge, stated that “Particularly being fraternity men, we do recognize that, for better or worse, we can get that kind of reputation of being least willing to help with a program like that,” when explaining why they felt compelled to engage and help in this campaign.

At Marshall & Taylor PLLC, our lawyers are also dedicated to helping those who have been victimized by domestic violence to get the help and freedom they need. Call us at 919-833-1040 today if you are in need of legal help to escape domestic violence.

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