I know I always have some charity or person I am asking you to help me help them. We all know that is who I am always bringing stray animals to people who are lost or broken home. This is a cause that has been near and dear to my heart for a long time as anyone who knows me can attest. Partly because I am also a survivor of domestic violence. I know the challenges survivors face everyday first hand. Now working as a shelter advocate with Valencia Shelter Services I see the everyday challenges they go through on a daily basis. I could sit here and tell you countless stories of the everyday struggles or how every dollar can help make survivors lives just a little bit easier. Instead I want to give you some facts and statistics for domestic violence nationally and New Mexico. Starting with a 2013 Domestic Violence counts of a 24 hour census put together by the National Network to End Domestic Violence. This census was completed on September 17,2013. 1,649 out of 1,905 identified local domestic violence programs in the United States and territories participated in this census. 23 out of 27 of New Mexico identified Domestic Violence programs participated. Here are some of those statistics.
- 951 survivors were served that day in New Mexico. 66,581 were served nationally.
- 669 of the 951 found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing in domestic violence programs in New Mexico. 36,348 found refuge nationally.
- 110 crisis calls were answered that day in New Mexico. 20,067 were answered nationally.
- 162 requests were unmet in New Mexico of those 145 were for housing. 9,641 unmet requests nationally of those 5,778 were for housing.
- In New Mexico that year 34 positions were eliminated the majority of those were direct services positions shelter advocates, legal advocates. Nationally 1,696 positions were eliminated. This category here is disturbing where in New Mexico our agencies should be growing and expanding to keep up with the need for these services we are having to eliminate positions in order to stay open due to funding and budget cuts. In another analysis in 2013 of homicide data concluded these facts.
- In homicides where victim to offender relationship could be identified 94% of female victims were murdered by a male they knew.
- Of the 94% of victims who knew their offender 62% of them were wives or intimate acquaintances.
In 2013 the homicide rate among female victims murdered by males in victim/single offender incidents nationally was 1.09% per 100,000. New Mexico ranked 3rd in the nation with a rate if 2.00 per 100,000 women.That is almost double the National rate.
With that being said every dollar helps. Please no amount is too little. Please donqte now.
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