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Domestic Violence

Information about preventing domestic violence.

Report Domestic Violence


Millions of women are confronted with violence at the hands of their husbands, boyfriends, and significant others each year in our country.

This devastating experience is often kept a secret. Victims of domestic violence are unwilling to tell anyone—even close friends and family. They are ashamed to let anyone know about intimate family problems. Victims of domestic violence come from all walks of life, cultures, ages, and income groups.

If left unchecked, this type of violence will affect the entire family, destroy self-esteem, and will usually escalate into serious physical harm.

If you or a loved-one is a victim of domestic violence, seek help immediately.

Warning Signs Of Battering Behavior

  • Jealousy
  • Controlling Behavior
  • Isolation
  • Blaming Others
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Psychological Abuse
  • Cruelty to Children or Animals
  • Threats of Violence
  • Force During Arguments
  • Anger Easily When Drinking or Using Other Drugs
  • Breaking or Striking Objects
  • Discourage Other Friendships
  • Threaten With Weapon
  • Controls Your Schedule
  • Accuses You of Being Unfaithful
  • Controls All Finances
  • Forces You to Have Sex

What to do if You are Hurt

Call the police as soon as you can—assault, even by a family member is a crime. Get medical attention, ask the medical staff to photograph your injuries and keep detailed records in the event legal action is necessary. Contact the court system about civil protective orders. Leave the scene immediately or as soon as possible

Resources & Assistance

Leave or have someone stay with you if you are in immediate danger and call a crisis hotline for assistance, location of a women's shelter, counseling, and crisis intervention.

The following resources and telephone numbers are available.

  • New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-773-3645 (Statewide)
  • Women's Community Association/Shelter from Domestic Violence: (505) 247-4219 (Albuquerque)
  • All Faith's Receiving Home - Emergency Shelter for Children: (505) 345-8938
  • APD Victim Assistance Unit: (505) 243-2333 (Albuquerque)
  • Albuquerque Women's Resource Center: (505) 242-7033 (Albuquerque)
  • New Mexico Domestic Legal Help Line:
    • Statewide - 1-877-974-3400
    • Albuquerque - (505) 243-4300
  • New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs:
    • Statewide - 1-888-883-8020
    • Albuquerque - (505) 883-8020
  • Morning Star - Advocacy Program for Native American Women: (505) 232-8299 (Albuquerque)
  • Resources - Women's Advocacy Group: (505) 884-1241 (Albuquerque)
  • Enlace - Spanish Speaking: (505) 246-8972
  • 911 or the non-emergency number - (505) 242-COPS (2677) (Albuquerque)
  • Nationwide Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (Nationwide)
  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence: 1-800-537-2238 (Nationwide)
  • Restraining Orders: (505) 841-8400
  • Crime Victim's Reparation Commission: (505) 841-9432