Domestic violence deaths are on the rise according to the Spartanburg County Coroner.
“Those who have addictions, they are also fueling other crimes,” said Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller.
It’s a trend Sheriff Mueller says starts with abusers committing petty crimes to satisfy their addiction. Those crimes include stealing from loved ones to pay for their substance dependence, which in turn fuels fights among couples.
“Due to their addiction they can’t maintain a steady job,” Mueller told 7News.
Sheriff Mueller says without help addiction grows and eventually to curb their cravings, abusers resort to committing violent crimes.
“Whether that is domestic violence. Whether that is other violent crimes,” he said.