Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller closed Domestic Violence Awareness Month with a news conference Wednesday afternoon emphasizing the steps his administration is taking to tackle domestic violence, along with city departments and community organizations.
“Everyone deserves to feel safe in their home,” Keller told a crowd of community members at Enlace Comunitario. “This is something fundamental, this is fundamental about who we are as people and who we are as a community, and what the concept of home means. It should come with safety.”
Representatives from several local organizations – including Enlace Comunitario, New Mexico Asian Family Center, Domestic Violence Resource Center and Safe House – stood alongside the mayor as he acknowledged that the city “has a long way to go.”
Authorities say 19,000 New Mexicans reported domestic violence last year in the state and, of those, 7,000 children were directly affected.