Domestic Violence surge brings marchers to Uptown

Its sometimes a deadly situation that you often don't hear about but experts believe domestic violence is growing in Charlotte.

There have been three domestic violence murders in six weeks in Charlotte -- eight on the year.

Dozens gathered to speak out against domestic violence in Uptown on Thursday. The most recent death being that of 53-year old Sarah Acker -- who was allegedly killed by her ex-boyfriend who was later arrested while driving her stolen vehicle.

:"We've got to make sure that we continue to talk about the services that are available to domestic violence victims," The Jamie Kimble Foundation's Ron Kimble said. "The hardest time and the most dangerous time is when you're leaving a relationship or you've already left."

Acker's family said the two had only been dating for a few months.

There were four deaths attributed to domestic violence in Charlotte in 2014.

"Last year was a low number and this year is a more usual number and that's an unfortunate thing to say," Kimble said.

For more information on the effects of domestic violence call Mecklenburg County's Community Support Services at (704)336-3210 or Safe Alliance Domestic Violence Shelter at (704)332-2513.