Nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by their partner in the U.S., which is more than 10 million people per year. Domestic violence is a serious issue often swept under the rug of violent crimes, and it often repeats to the detriment of the victims.
The city of Albuquerque has recognized victims of domestic violence in a few ways already this month Domestic Violence Awareness Month is observed.
The Albuquerque Police Department honored survivors and victims with its 15th annual purple ribbon tie-off event Monday.
The department says, “If you or someone you know needs help, call 505-243-2333, or if it is an emergency, please call 911. You are not alone!”
City Councilors Tammy Fiebelkorn and Louie Sanchez had proclamations to bring awareness to domestic violence victims at Monday’s city council meeting.
Director Angel Charley from the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women received Fiebelkorn’s proclamation, saying “more than four out of five Native women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. I am hopeful that the city’s dedication to remembering the tragedies of domestic violence will honor survivors and provide support in tribal communities that are healing.”
The coalition’s mission is to stop violence against Native women and children by advocating for social change in communities and takes ownership and responsibility for the future of Native women and children by providing support, education and advocacy using its strengths, power and unity to create violence-free communities. Albuquerque residents are strongly encouraged to be involved and learn more at https://www.csvanw.org/.
The NM Coalition Against Domestic Violence received Sanchez’ proclamation in which he said 37.6% of women and 33.3% of men have experienced domestic violence in New Mexico. It also noted a quarter of domestic violence incidences occur with a child present, a majority of them being under the age of 12. Children who grow up in violent homes are said to be abused and neglected at a higher rate than national average. He explained 48% of victims delay leaving an abusive home. The NM Coalition Against Domestic Violence thanked councilors for their support in the work the organization does to services rehabilitating offenders to providing services to victims in the community. For more information about the NMCADV, click the link at https://www.nmcadv.org/ .