Chicago TribuneBy Alexia Elejalde-RuizNovember 20, 2018The fatal shooting Monday at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center highlights a sobering reality about workplace violence: women who are killed at work are commonly targeted by intimate partners.Forty percent of women who died as a result of workplace violence in 2016 did so at the hands of domestic partners or relatives, compared with 2 percent of men, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Men, who represented 82 percent of the 500 workplace homicide victims last year, are most commonly killed by robbers.Mercy emergency room physician Tamara O'Neal had reportedly broken off her engagement with the gunman, Juan Lopez, a few months before he confronted her in the hospital parking lot Monday and shot her multiple times. Officials say Lopez subsequently went into the hospital, where he killed a police officer who had rushed to the scene to help and a 24-year-old pharmacy resident as she came out of an elevator.Mary MacLaren, [..] read more
By: Nicole Eaton
In a season where people celebrate the fall colors of oranges and reds, members of Team Charlotte lit up the sidewalks in different hues of purple near the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.The group of employees was raising awareness for domestic violence prevention and empowering victims to get help.
Educating others about domestic violenceOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the effects of domestic violence hit home in our area. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) responds to more than 35,000 domestic violence related calls for service each year. CMPD's domestic violence unit handles approximately 1,500 cases each year. In 2017, about 1 in 4 homicides were related to domestic violence.The first step in preventing domestic violence is to educate. Before walking, employees listened to a presentation from Ron and Jan Kimble, founders of the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage. The presentation [..] read more
The numbers tell part of the story: between 35,000 and 40,000 calls for service for domestic violence calls and 9,000 criminal offenses annually.
"When people are victimized by domestic violence they are sick. Domestic violence is a cancer and it is killing our community," said Sgt. Craig Varnum. "But we don't reach out. We don't ask for help. Many times people don't ask for that help because they don't know where to get it."
Police, prosecutors, and advocates in Mecklenburg County are working to build a Family Justice Center that would offer help for survivors in one easy place.
The father of a woman killed by her ex-boyfriend is now making domestic violence awareness his mission.
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By Kim GrizzardThe Daily ReflectorFriday, October 12, 2018
For more than three decades, their daughter, Jamie, was the light of Ron and Jan Kimble's lives. A graduate of J.H. Rose High School, Jamie has been described as bright and fun-loving, compassionate and generous, a wonderful example as a daughter, student and friend.Now, six years after Jamie's death at the hands of an abuser, her parents continue to tell her story to shed light on the problem of domestic violence.The Kimbles were featured speakers on Thursday at the first Domestic Violence Impact Luncheon, a fundraiser for the Center for Family Violence Prevention. At the event, held at the Greenville Convention Center, the couple announced the establishment of a domestic violence prevention club at their daughter's alma mater.Rose will become the first school in eastern North Carolina to host one of the clubs, which the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage has launched at five high schools in Charlotte. The newly [..] read more
January 17, 2018By Ryan Pitkin @pitkin_ryan
The year started off quietly enough.Through the first 10 days of 2018, there had not been one homicide in Charlotte. By comparison, there had been four in the first four days of 2017. But on January 11, that silence was shattered in Westerly Hills, a usually peaceful neighborhood on the Wilkinson Boulevard corridor.That afternoon, police responded to a call at a home on Carlyle Drive and found 24-year-old Brittany White dead of a gunshot wound. One of White's children, 3-year-old Julianna, was in the home, but police could not find her 3-month-old sister, Journei. Homicide detectives put the word out that the children's father, Jonathan Bennett, was wanted for White's murder and was believed to have left the home with Journei.The infant was soon found safe, but Bennett remained on the run until he showed up at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department headquarters in Uptown just before midnight and ambushed a group of police and [..] read more