CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A group of concerned citizens took to the streets of Uptown on Thursday, in hopes of raising awareness to how dangerous domestic violence can be.

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Council marched on The Square on Trade and Tryon Streets with dozens of signs in hand and police officers in attendance.

The group says they marched in response to the latest domestic violence-related homicide, which took place in Huntersville back on March 8.

Organizers say last year, 66 people died from domestic violence in North Carolina, thirteen more than the year before.

Sergeant Craig Varnum with CMPD says it can be difficult for a victim to get out of an abusive relationship.

"Financial reasons, and children and fear, but also particularly cultural, societal, religious," Varnum said. "There's so many different reasons that provide huge road blocks to a victim."

Varnum says in this day and age, you can't just sit idly by if you know something is wrong. He recommends that anyone who knows about a friend or a family member to call 911.