Domestic Violence

The Post and Courier of Charleston is the winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The newspaper last year published a seven-part series titled "Till Death Do Us Part"  which highlighted the problem of domestic violence in South Carolina. The series explored cultural and legal factors that contributed to the state having the highest rate of domestic violence deaths in the nation last year. WFAE's Mark Rumsey talked with Post and Courier reporter Doug Pardue, who helped research and write last year's series.    


Charges Against Hardy Dropped

Feb 9, 2015
Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Domestic violence charges against Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy have been dismissed. 

  Prosecutors say that repeated attempts to contact his accuser and former girlfriend, Nicole Holder, were not successful.

Without her testimony, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray says the case could not proceed. Murray also noted that Hardy and Holder have reached a civil settlement.

Hardy's Trial Set For Feb. 9

Jan 12, 2015

Carolina Panthers defensive end will go to trial Feb. 9 on misdemeanor domestic violence charges in a case that involves his ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder. She has testified that, last May, Hardy choked her, dragged her by her hair from a bathtub, and threw her onto a futon with several guns on it.

In July, a Mecklenburg County judge found Hardy guilty of misdemeanor assault and threatening charges. Hardy appealed so that the case can be heard by a jury.

Panthers’ Hardy Guilty Of Assault

Jul 16, 2014
Robert Lahser / Charlotte Observer

Tuesday night, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was found guilty of misdemeanor assault and communicating threats to an ex-girlfriend in May.

Hardy was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation and 60 days of jail time if he violated probation. But a district judge stayed his sentence while Hardy appeals his conviction.

Twelve witnesses took the stand during a trial that lasted ten hours and wrapped up around 9 o'clock.

Audio Pending...

Davie Hinshaw / Charlotte Observer

A domestic violence complaint against Carolina Panthers star defensive end Greg Hardy characterizes him as a man in rage in an incident that led to him being arrested on misdemeanor charges of assault and communicating threats. But 911 tapes released by CMPD give conflicting accounts.

Murders from domestic violence jumped by 15 percent last year in North Carolina, according to an annual report from the state’s Department of Justice.


Lisa Miller

Coaches can have a big impact on kids on and off the field.  With that in mind, a group working to prevent domestic violence gathered together a couple hundred coaches in Charlotte Thursday. They discussed how to grow players into respectful, young men.  

The group A Call To Men knows how to get coaches to listen up.  Call in Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera.

“When I started here, the very first thing I put up on my first PowerPoint: be a man,” Rivera told the coaches.