Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, the Albuquerque Police Department (APD), and Domestic Violence Prevention organizations came together last week as One Albuquerque and outlined an action plan to address domestic violence.
“We know that across the country and right here in Albuquerque, domestic violence takes a huge toll on families. We’re here today to stand with our partners in the community and say this is unacceptable,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “We’re coming together as One Albuquerque across departments, with community organizations, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to end the dangerous cycle of domestic violence. Everyone deserves to feel safe in their home.”
The Mayor announced an action plan to implement language services which will ensure APD has the resources to communicate with victims who speak other languages. The language access program comes as a result of years of development by the City’s Task Force on Domestic Violence and the Mayor’s commitment to build an inclusive City.
Enlace Comunitario, S.A.F.E. House Albuquerque, Domestic Violence Resource Center, and New México Asian Family Center also provided information on domestic violence and shared resources that are available for survivors.
“We know that across the country and right here in Albuquerque, domestic violence takes a huge toll on families.”
Tim Keller, Albuquerque Mayor
The Albuquerque domestic violence service providers delivered this message during the event, “Today [Oct 31] is the last day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but – sadly – domestic violence occurs every day of the year. It is an epidemic. Collectively, however, we can have an impact – we can break the cycle of violence. We can positively shift the statistics in the direction of healthy families in Albuquerque and across New México.”
Crime statistics repeatedly show a link between domestic violence and other criminal activity including homicide, crimes against children, and youth gang involvement. This year, at least 18 percent of homicide cases in Albuquerque were related to domestic violence. Combating domestic violence means safety for those affected today, and also ending other abuse and crimes in the future.
“APD is here to help anyone dealing with domestic violence,” said Sgt. Richard Ingram, who oversees APD’s Family Assault and Stalking Team unit.
Because domestic violence is linked to other violent crimes, APD has implemented new programs in addition to the language accessibility services, and revamped existing programs to address the issue.
To learn more about identifying abuse, what you can do to help, and resources for survivors, contact APD at 242-COPS (242-2677). Additional resources: Enlace – Spanish Speaking, 505-246-8972;
New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence Hotline Statewide, 1-800-773-3645; Women’s Community Association/Shelter from Domestic Violence, Albuquerque, 505-247-4219; All Faith’s Receiving Home – Emergency Shelter for Children, 505-345-8938; APD Victim Assistance Unit, 625 Silver SW, Suite 200, Albuquerque, 505-243-2333; Albuquerque Women’s Resource Center, Albuquerque, 505-242-7033, New Mexico Domestic Legal Help Line Statewide, 1-877-974-3400 and Albuquerque, 505-243-4300; New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs Statewide, 1-888-883-8020 and Albuquerque, 505-883-8020; Morning Star Advocacy Program for Native American Women, Albuquerque, 505-232-8299; Women’s Advocacy Group Albuquerque, 505-884-1241; Nationwide Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE; National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Restraining Orders, 505-841-8400 and Crime Victim’s Reparation Commission 505-841-9432.
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