The New Mexico Domestic Violence Homicide Review Team has been working for more than a decade to identify gaps in the response to domestic and sexual violence and create effective solutions for addressing those gaps. In 2008, the team worked for the first full year under the statutory authority of N.M. Stat. Ann. §31-22-4.1 on homicides occurring in 2005 (closed cases). Findings are documented in the 2008 Annual Report which can be found at http://hsc.unm.edu/emermed/Cipre/Domestic_Violence.shtml. In the review of 21 cases, 57 percent of the homicides involved the offender stalking the victim prior to the murder. From this finding, the team recommended an improved criminal justice response to stalking and repeated violations of protective orders. This finding is highlighted by the 2003 study related to stalking in New Mexico, which stated n early one-in-four women and one-in-14 men are stalked at least once in their lifetime in the State of New Mexico (2003 New Mexico Victimization Survey).
Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322