APD, victim advocates go door-knocking to shed light on domestic violence
October 12, 2018 06:27 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Albuquerque Police officers hit the streets Friday to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month, knocking on doors and ringing bells in an effort to end household violence.
APD teamed up with more than half a dozen victim advocates for the initiative.
"What I come back to over and over is that, sometimes, I'm not sure that the community understands how serious domestic violence is," said Edna Sprague, litigation director for New Mexico Legal Aid.
APD Spokesperson Simon Drobik said the department has found there are patterns within some of the city's neighborhoods as it pertains to domestic violence calls.
Police and advocates both said that, too often, people don't realize just how much help is available for DV victims.
"We care. They can come to us, they can come to the people behind me," Drobik said. "There are a lot of resources to get them out of situations they may not think they can get themselves out of."
As the groups walked the neighborhoods surrounding Grisham Park in northeast Albuquerque, they were met by many residents eager to hear their message.
"Everybody agrees that domestic violence is bad. Our job is to encourage people to report, to be active bystanders, to engage with the victims that are existing within our communities," Sprague said. "Because it could be anybody."
Anyone stuck in a domestic violence situation who needs help can contact NM Legal Aid at email@example.com.
Updated: October 12, 2018 06:27 PM
Created: October 12, 2018 04:51 PM
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