Dozens march in Downtown Raleigh for domestic violence victims

Raleigh, N.C. (WNCN)- More than two dozen people shared their message in front of the Wake County Courthouse Wednesday before taking a silent march for domestic violence victims.

It was part of a statewide effort during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

InterAct, a non-profit that deals with domestic violence, said more than 50 deaths in the state have been at the hands of an abusive partner.

The parents of domestic violence victim Britney Puryear want to see the violence end.

“She was fun and sweet and she was happy. She wanted to make, please other people before herself and she always wanted to make things better and good that’s what she was striving for,” said mom, Shelley Puryear, as her husband, Stephen, stood by her side.

Dr. Stephanie Francis with InterAct said more needs to go into education and prevention.

“Tyring to teach our youth and adults what a healthy relationship looks like, what an individual has a right to in a relationship, and what behaviors are not OK and OK,” Francis said.

The Puryear family is working with state lawmakers and several domestic violence organizations on Britney’s Law, which would make any domestic violence homicide automatically a first-degree murder.

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