City tackles uptick in domestic violence during holiday season
November 23, 2018 12:41 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - As families across New Mexico gather for the holiday season, police are bracing for what is traditionally a very violent time in our state. Domestic violence cases tend to spike during the holidays and already some of those cases have turned deadly.
According to APD, at least 21 percent of the homicides in Albuquerque so far this year have been related to domestic violence.
On Wednesday, a local man was arrested after police say he killed his girlfriend at their apartment in the northeast heights.
Police say Francisco Montoya killed Nicole Robbins. She was found bruised, beaten and strangled. According to a criminal complaint, Montoya told police “Nicole began to push his buttons” but “he did not intend to kill Nicole.”
Robbins was mother to two children and she was also a teacher. However, Robbins is also now the latest apparent victim of domestic violence.
Experts say tragedies like Robbins’ death are preventable.
“We haven’t set a standard in our community that says domestic violence is unacceptable,” said Amy Whitfield of the Domestic Violence Resource Center. “I think that we still want to believe that these are just fights rather than looking at just how dangerous and lethal domestic violence is.”
According to the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, last year law enforcement agencies identified at least 19,000 victims of domestic violence.
Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller said the city has recently implemented programs to combat the domestic violence issue, including vital new training for police officers.
“What we rolled out was 20 plus languages that we can intervene and get individuals the help they need in a language they can understand. That’s brand new,” said Mayor Keller.
You can contact APD’s Family Advocacy Center at https://www.cabq.gov/albuquerque-family-advocacy-center or by calling (505) 243-2333.
Updated: November 23, 2018 12:41 AM
Created: November 23, 2018 12:32 AM
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