Study Shows Cost of Domestic Violence in N.C.

October 2019

Spectrum News
PUBLISHED 5:17 PM ET OCT. 01, 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A new study release by the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage shows how much domestic violence cost the state of North Carolina in 2018. 

The study, which was conducted by professors at UNC Charlotte, found domestic violence cost the state $503,834,780 in 2018. 

In Mecklenburg County, the study found $49,713,431 was spent on domestic violence. The study looked at ten factors, including physical health care costs, mental health care costs, and incarceration costs. 

Ron Kimble lost his daughter Jamie to domestic violence in 2012. He started the foundation to carry on her legacy, and to educate people on the signs of domestic violence. Kimble says the most important statistic is the loss of life in our area.

"When you say half a billion, that resonates, and when you hit a magic level like 50 million, that really hits you in the face, and is a staggering number," he says. "But those numbers are real, and as somebody else said, those are numbers, what about the human beings that were victimized." 

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department says there have been 10 homicides this year caused by domestic violence. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call the National Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. If you live in Charlotte, you can call Safe Alliance at 980-771-4673. 

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