Domestic Violence Death at UNC’s Baity Hill Community

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Our thoughts are with those involved in an incident this weekend at UNC’s Baity Hill Graduate & Family Housing community that left one 5-year-old child dead and two parents injured. Our thoughts also go out to their friends and family, and to the UNC community as they grapple with this tragedy. While the circumstances of the incident are not clear, news reports are calling the homicide part of a “domestic incident.” Sadly, child homicides that occur as part of domestic violence are not uncommon; nine children in North Carolina were murdered as a result of domestic violence last year. Family violence, also called domestic violence, intimate partner violence, relationship violence or inter-personal violence, is a pattern of intentionally violent or controlling behavior used by a person against a family member or intimate partner to gain and maintain power and control over that person, during and/or after the relationship. At Compass Center we assist people who have or are experiencing abuse in their relationship, as well as their friends and family, with free and confidential services. We recognize that people are victims of gender-based violence regardless of their sexuality, gender identity or expression. If you have questions about domestic violence or need support, we encourage you to call Compass Center for Women and Families’ 24-hour hotline at 919-929-7122, or visit www.compassctr.org for more information about Compass Center.

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