CBS42’s biggest investigations of 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – As 2016 draws to a close, we take a look back at two of our biggest investigations of the year with CBS42 Investigates: A Special Report.

It’s a hard message to hear right at the holiday but it’s true – domestic violence can kill.

There has been a disturbing spike in domestic violence deaths in the Birmingham area this year. We aired a special report in May when we first noticed the trend.

You can view that report here.

Calls to the National Domestic Violence Hotline decline from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. That doesn’t mean there’s a spike in cases over the holiday, it’s just that people are not calling hotlines:  not reaching out for help. And people caught in abusive relationships need help getting out. Because nationally it’s estimated 4 women die each day because of domestic violence.

In November one young woman shared her story of trying to escape a violent relationship exclusively with CBS42. We heard messages of support from many of you in a story we titled – “Before it’s Too Late”.

See the original report here.

The next biggest investigation for 2016 is one we traveled more than a thousand miles to find. The impact of the activity at the Arizona-Mexico border is one that even hits here at home.

From illegal crossings of people and drugs, to an underground economy worth billions, CBS42 News reporter, Brittany Bivins, got a look at it all –from the perspective of men–who live in our own neighborhoods.

You can see our special report “On the Border” here.

For hundreds of miles along the border with Mexico, you can find all the ingredients for a fence. A fence we saw with our own eyes.

Here’s part 2 of “On the Border.”

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