View Post

National Stalking Awareness Month

In Domestic Violence, Health, Lifestyle, Relationships by Elizabeth Stephenson

January is National Stalking Awareness Month. In 2003, following the murder of Peggy Klinke, a victim of stalking, her sister strongly advocated for a greater national push for law enforcement to protect victims. In 2004, the National Center for Victims of Crime, accompanied by a resolution of Congress, introduced a month dedicated to spread understanding and awareness of the crime of stalking. What Constitutes Stalking? According to the Stalking Resource Center, stalking includes the following conduct: “Approaching the victim or showing up in places when the victim didn’t want them to be there; making unwanted telephone calls; leaving the victim unwanted messages (text or voice); and watching or following the victim from a distance, or spying on the victim with a listening device, camera, or global positioning system”. In addition, …

Privilege, Confidentiality, and Domestic Violence

In Domestic Violence by Sarah Hink

People in a domestic violence relationship are in a precarious, volatile, and highly dangerous situation. It is incredibly hard for victims to choose to leave these relationships and even harder to do so safely. This is why domestic violence programs exist throughout the country, to provide advice, counseling, and shelter. It is essential, however, for victims to be able to trust that it is safe to utilize these essential resources. The North Carolina General Statutes Section 8-53.12 provides that certain domestic violence communications by a victim are privileged. The purpose for this privilege is to encourage domestic violence victims to come forward for help without fear that their identity or what they said in confidence will be disclosed to their abuser. Specifically, the statute states that “No agent of a …