As divorce lawyers in Augusta, Georgia, we sometimes see, firsthand, in our divorce cases, the tragic results of family violence. As a former career prosecutor, I prosecuted many cases involving domestic abuse. Here, in Augusta, this past week, our community experienced a tragic loss of a 21 year old woman who was found dead in her apartment. Police reportedly believe this young woman, Cayce Vice, is yet another tragic victim of domestic violence. A prayer vigil was held by family and friends to remember her life.
We should likewise remember all the victims of family violence around the country. According to Futures Without Violence, three women are murdered, on average, each day in this country by their husbands or boy friends. Also, according to the Department of Justice, about 3.4 million people, mostly women, are the victims of stalking each year.
But that's enough about statistics. Let us remember that these numbers are actually real people with families and friends -- like Cayce Vice -- who deserved to live and be left alone, but who are victims of these horrible crimes.