A report out today shows that the number of people in North Carolina who died last year as a result of domestic violence increased slightly over the previous year.
But that's not the only reason that victim advocates are calling or tougher laws targeting abusers.
They're also concerned that one woman was killed inside a domestic violence shelter in 2006, a type of incident that national advocates have said rarely happens.
Bonnie Woodring was staying in a shelter in the western North Carolina town of Sylva last September when her estranged husband pushed his way into the building and killed her with a shotgun.
According to the report by the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Woodring was one of at least 79 people killed by domestic violence in the state last year.