Slayings spotlight domestic violence problem

September 12, 2012 2:50:08 PM PDT
Two deadly shootings in two weeks have shined a light on the problem of domestic violence in North Carolina.

Now, some are saying more needs to be done to let people know about the dangers of domestic abuse and that help is available.

A march in downtown Raleigh Wednesday afternoon was designed to raise awareness.  Many carried signs to support victims and to urge those in abusive relationships to seek help from organizations such as InterAct.

"We serve over 30,000 people in the community, 8,300 of those are direct victims, walking through our doors, every year. One in four women are actually victims of domestic violence," offered InterAct's Christina Brewer.

One of those victims, Agata Velloti was allegedly shot and killed by her husband in Wakefield on August 30.  Wednesday, some of her family and friends joined in the march, alongside total strangers all united in the cause.

"Even though I can't do anything [because] I'm only 14, I feel like that, in a way, I'm helping people [because] I'm getting the message across and letting other people know of what other people are going through," said participant Dynestie Robinson.

Robinson and her sister actually volunteer for InterAct, and through their interactions with some of the people who have sought help from the nonprofit agency, they've learned some important lessons.

"I've learned that it can happen to anyone and it doesn't just happen to people who don't have money or people who do have money. It happens to everyone," said sister Destinie.

A second shooting that left a woman dead at Raleigh's popular Cameron Village shopping center shows domestic violence can happen anywhere, which is why victims' advocates want you to contact them if you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship.

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