Report shows domestic violence still a big problem
Posted at: 10/09/2013 5:48 PM
| Updated at: 10/09/2013 9:08 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
It’s the violence that happens behind closed doors. A new report shows just how much it’s happening in Bernalillo County – and across the state. The report also reveals the challenges in making sure victims of domestic violence get help.
Albuquerque’s SAFE House is one resource that’s helped hundreds of victims move forward after leaving abusive relationships.
“Imagine that your life just exploded. You don't have a place to live, you don't have anything to eat, you don't have your friends, you don't have a natural support system,” SAFE House executive director Michele Fuller said.
SAFE provides everything from toothbrushes and diapers to counseling and help finding work for families who leave abusers – and are now starting over completely. But all help comes at a cost.
“Domestic violence is not cheap. It's expensive to intervene. It's expensive to provide services....so it's one of those things -- you're gonna get what you pay for,” Fuller said.
Fuller says that’s one reason numbers in some years show fewer victims asking for help.
But the problem is still there – and there’s some evidence it’s getting more violent. The report documents an increase in weapons involved in domestic violence incidents. In Bernalillo County, the number of incidents involving a weapon went from 80 percent in 2011 to 83 percent in 2012. Statewide, it went from 61 percent in 2011 to 65 percent in 2012.
There is hope for victims, in resources like the SAFE House – but the road isn’t easy.
“You've got three months to build a solid enough foundation that you and your children or you yourself can make it on your own,” Fuller said.
You can view some resources available in Albuquerque by clicking here: http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S3186999.shtml?cat=536