NEW REPORT: Domestic Violence Claimed 108 Lives In North Carolina

Domestic violence claimed the lives of 108 North Carolinians last year, according to new crime statistics released Monday by Attorney General Roy Cooper.

While the 108 deaths is a decrease of 14 from the previous year, Cooper says more help and enforcement is needed to fight domestic violence.

Law enforcement agencies are required to report domestic violence related homicides yearly to the State Bureau of Investigation under a state law enacted in 2007.

Of the domestic violence murders reported in the state last year, 62 of the victims were female and 46 were male. The murders were committed by 88 male offenders and 27 female offenders.

Authorities say five of the 108 victims had taken out protective orders and three of the protective orders were current when the victims were murdered. One of the offenders was reported to be on pre-trial release for a domestic violence crime when the murder was committed.

Guilford County reported 11, the highest number of domestic violence murders last year. Mecklenburg County ranked second with nine domestic murders reported.

Final statewide 2013 crime statistics for North Carolina will be available later this year.