A billion people worldwide to stand up to violence against women
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RALEIGH -- People across the world are taking a stand Thursday as part of One Billion Rising to end violence against women and girls.
An organization called Interact that's dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence says there were more than 65 domestic violence-related deaths in North Carolina last year. Through events like One Billion Rising, they're hoping that number goes down.
According to Interact, one in three women will fall victim to domestic violence at some point in their life.
“Knowing that one person can come forward, say this is happening to me or someone I know, we're here for them,” said Interact development communications officer Christina Brewer.
Interact says programs to end domestic violence are working.
“People are reaching out to us like never before,” Brewer said.
Vigils will take place across the state Thursday. In Charlotte, one will be at Freedom Park at noon and another at UNC Charlotte at 1 p.m. Meredith College in Raleigh will host one at 4 p.m.