Domestic abuse in North Carolina, as elsewhere, is a two-sided subject. On the one hand, there is no question in many instances that a victim has been injured --- sometimes fatally -- by abuse. On the other hand, it sometimes turns out to be the case that a domestic violence allegation has been made to influence a family law matter, such as a pending divorce or child custody case, with no factual basis to support it.
Sometimes when people are arrested in a commotion, the facts of what actually happened that resulted in an arrest might be skewed. Evidence might be collected from the scene, but it isn't always clear how the evidence relates to the arrest. This can be a big issue, and can sometimes lead to charges being dropped.