Under a new state law, law enforcement agencies are required to report domestic violence related homicides to the state bureau of investigation annually.
A total of 131 people in North Carolina lost their lives due to domestic violence murders last year, according to Attorney General Roy Cooper.
Pitt and Edgecombe Counties had five murders each while Craven County had two. Ninety-nine of the victims were female while 32 were male.
Eight of the victims had a court order against their abuser, but only three were current.
A domestic violence victim herself, Juanita Carraway works at the SAFE house in Lenoir County helping other victims. "Domestic violence doesn't have a particular person. It can happen to anybody. No matter whether you're a superstar or just an ordinary person, male or female. It can happen to anybody."
Carraway says there are over 79 domestic violence help agencies within eastern Carolina for people to seek immediate help.