Preventing domestic violence in High Point

HIGH POINT, N.C.—Attorney General Roy Cooper is determined to stop domestic violence in North Carolina.

On Monday, Cooper released statistics that show a total of 122 people died as a consequence of domestic violence in the state of North Carolina in 2012. That’s 16 more than 2011.

Guilford County ranks third in the state for domestic violence murders, and local law enforcement agencies are making efforts to reduce the number of cases.

High Point Police started the “Domestic Violence Call-In”, which has domestic violence offenders meet face-to-face with police officers, probation officers and district attorneys, last year. During the meeting, offenders hear the punishment they’ll face if they repeat the same offense.

“So far we have notified 673 offenders that they are on list, and only 40 of them, or six percent, have reoffended after getting that message,” Captain Tim Ellenberger said.

High Point handles around 2,500 domestic violence cases a year.

“It doesn’t matter where you are in country, there is domestic violence there,” Ellenberger said.

Ellenberger expects around 20 offenders to attend the Domestic Violence Call-In on Tuesday evening at City Hall in High Point.

Wake and Mecklenburg counties also topped the list for the highest domestic violence murders in North Carolina in 2012.

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