Every day is a chance to support survivors of domestic violence in our community.

Here are some facts about domestic violence in our country and area, plus local resources for the many women and men looking to break the chains that tie them to their abuser.

Under North Carolina law, domestic violence is "the attempt by one person to injure, stalk or rape another person with whom he has an intimate relationship."

Source: Family Service of the Piedmont

The murders of two Triad women earlier this year shed light on how domestic violence can turn deadly.

MORE: Triad Murders Shine Light On Domestic Violence Red Flags and Resources

Winston-Salem Police said Melitha Metaits Lee and her husband, Edwin Colon Jr. got into an argument in the early morning hours of Monday, May 7, 2018. Colon shot at his wife and her two teenage daughters before he turned the gun on himself. Lee and Colon were rushed to the hospital where they both died.

That same night in High Point, investigators said a woman named Elizabeth Smith went with police officers and her two kids to get property from their house. As they approached, they say her husband Alvin Smith emerged from the house and shot her. Elizabeth later died at the hospital and Alvin turned himself into police.

In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control found that half of all homicides of women were related to domestic violence.

MORE: Half Of All Homicides of Women Related To Domestic Violence: CDC Report

The CDC examined data on more than 10,000 homicides of women over the age of 18 from 18 states between 2003-2014. The agency found that 11 percent of victims experienced some type of violence in the months preceding their deaths and "argument and jealously were common precipitating factors."

Just over half the homicides identified were by firearms, and black women had the highest rate of dying by homicide, followed closely by Native American women. Thirty-eight percent of victims were never married or single at the time of their death, and approximately 15 percent of victims between 18-44 were pregnant or less than six weeks postpartum.

But domestic violence doesn’t only involve physical assault, it’s sometimes also financial, mental and emotional assault, like yelling, insulting, isolating, and manipulating.

Over the summer, Greensboro police reported a spike in violent crime in the summer, including domestic and aggravated assault, responding to 80 domestic and aggravated assault reports for the month of July as of the 16th.

The department expected numbers to increase with summer temps and research does show summer heat causes irritability which in return leads to aggressive behavior and violent crime.

Domestic violence, however, is a problem across the nation year-round.

On average, 24 people become victims of some sort of domestic abuse every minute in the U.S which is more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year.

RELATED: Did You Know Domestic Violence Affects More Than 12 Million People In The U.S. Each Year?

VIDEO: Local Domestic Violence Resources: Family Service of the Piedmont

Here is a list of resources and services available to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors in the Triad and beyond.

Break The Cycle

Call (866) 331-9474 or text "loveis" to 22522.

Community Intervention and Educational Services (Winston-Salem)

(336) 776-0322

CrossRoads of Alamance

Crisis Line: (336) 228-0360

Family Abuse Services

Crisis Line: (336) 226-5985

Family Justice Center of Alamance County

(336) 570-6019

Family Justice Center of Guilford County

(336) 641-SAFE (7233)

Forsyth County Department of Social Services

(336) 703-2287

Family Services of Forsyth County

Crisis Line: (336) 723-8125

Family Service of the Piedmont

Crisis line for Greensboro: (336) 273-7273

Crisis line for High Point: (336) 889-7273

Forsyth County Domestic Violence Center

(336) 779-6320

Greensboro Police Department’s Family Victims' Unit

(336) 373-2331

Guilford County Department of Social Services

(336) 641-3000 Main line

(336) 641-3795 Child Protective Services

(336) 641-3717 Adult Protective Services

(336) 641-2517 Emergency Assistance

Kellin Foundation

Call: (336) 429-5600

North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation

(336) 510-9292

United Way Crisis Helpline

1-800-233-4357 or 1-800-233-HELP

Victim Assistance Unit (VAU) of the Winston-Salem Police Department

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 336-773-7860 or 336-773-7741

If there are any other resources we did not list, email us at webteam@wfmy.com to include them.

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