Raleigh, NC - The North Carolina Attorney General, Roy Cooper, announced Tuesday that the number of domestic violence deaths in 2012 increased from 2011.
Cooper said last year's deaths totaled 122 North Carolinians, compared to 106 the previous year.
"I have great concern about this increase," Cooper said in a news release. "It's clear that North Carolina must do more to stop domestic abuse before it turns deadly."
According to the AG's office, 78 of the victims were women and 44 were men. The report cited 104 murders were committed by male offenders and the remaining 18 were by women.
Guilford County had six domestic violence homicides, ranking third in most domestic homicides among NC's 100 counties. Wake County had the most, 11, and Mecklenburg County had eight domestic violence murders, ranking second.
A 2007 NC law requires law enforcement agencies to report domestic violence related homicides to the State Bureau of Investigation, according to the AG's office.