If you are being abused but say that you cannot leave even though your safety is at stake, the District Attorney's Office would say to you as follows:
- That we are afraid for your safety.
- That we are afraid for the safety of your children.
- That it will only get worse.
- That we are here for you when you are ready to leave.
- That you don't deserve to be abused.
If you are concerned for your safety but cannot leave, call the Domestic Violence Unit or the Domestic Violence Shelter and develop a personal safety plan. Studies show that men who batter their wives are likely to assault their children. At least half of all battering husbands also batter their children. The more severe the abuse of the mother, the worse the child abuse.
Battering is not about anger.
Battering is behavior that is not acceptable.
NC GS 14-226 says that it is a class H felony to intimidate or attempt to intimidate or deter a person acting as a witness from attendance at court
, so please contact the Domestic Violence Unit immediately if anyone does anything to keep you from coming to court