Domestic Violence "Violence shall no more be heard in your and, devastation or destruction within your border; you shall call your walls salvation and your gates praise."
WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain power and control over another individual through abuse.
FORMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.
YOU ARE A VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WHEN YOUR PARTNER, DATE, RELATIVE OR FRIEND HAS:
Trapped you in your home or kept you from leaving.
Prevented you from calling police or seeking medical attention.
Hurt your children.
Used physical force in sexual situations.
WHY DOES IT HAPPEN? There could be any number of reasons, including :
inadequate communication skills
lack of spirituality,
WHO DOES IT HAPPEN TO?
Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.
PROFILE OF AN ABUSER
Abusers objectify women, unable to see them as people. They do not respect women as a group and instead, they view them as property or sexual objects.
Abusers typically have low self-esteem and feel powerless and inadequate, despite their successes in life (e.g., academic, professional, economic, athletic).
Abusers do not accept responsibility for their actions. (e.g.. stress, a bad day, his partner's behavior, chemical dependency, etc.)
Abusers may be charming, outgoing, and friendly between violent episodes.
Abusers may also be:
cruel to family pets
(The information is adapted from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.)
New Mexico & Domestic Violence
NEW MEXICO IS ONE OF THE NATIONS LEADING STATES IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INCIDENTS
1 in 4 New Mexican Women are victims of Domestic Violence
Approximately 35,000 DV Victims each year
Only 41% of DV incidents are reported
56% of DV involve drugs and alcohol use
47% of DV victims suffer serious injury
14% of DV victims were killed by the abuser
26% of DV caused injury to a child
44% of DV victims were being stalked
22% of DV incidents involve Sexual Assault
48% of DV incidents involve a weapon
6 in 10 Native American Women are victims of Domestic Violence
Only 49% of Abusers are arrested
Only 21% of DV incidents are prosecuted
New Mexico Law on Domestic Violence
LEGAL DEFINITION OF DV: NMSA 40-13-1 to 8
Stalking or sexual assault
Household member against household member
Severe emotional distress
Bodily injury or assault
Threat causing imminent fear of bodily injury
Criminal damage to property
Repeatedly driving by a residence or workplace
Harm or threatened harm to children
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