CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) – Domestic violence appears to be somewhat of a neglected issue, and a continual problem in North Carolina.
In some cases, authorities have failed to recognize when a person is in imminent danger, which has contributed to domestic violence related deaths.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police recently implemented a new policy that they hope will reduce the number of domestic violence related homicides. The initiative, which was first launched in Maryland, includes a form known as a domestic violence lethality assessment screen. Since last month, CMPD officers have been using this form when they respond to a domestic violence call. The form helps officers assess the situation, making it easier for them to decide if there is an immediate need for them to intervene.
Additionally, other measures are being taken in Charlotte to ensure that victims of domestic violence are safe. The Clyde and Ethel Dickson Domestic Violence Shelter, located on West Boulevard, is fully constructed and hopes to officially open its doors sometime this week. Once open, the shelter will be able to house 80 women and children.
The Women’s Commission is also a great resource for victims of domestic violence. They provide counseling services, a clothing closet, and a job bank to assist in finding a job.
-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte