Team Releases 2009 Domestic Violence Report

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 15, 2010 Contact: Luke Frank, Media Relations Manager 505/272-3679; cell 505/907-9525Findings Reveal Dramatic Age Range In Victims And OffendersALBUQUERQUE, NM – The New Mexico Intimate Partner Violence Death Review Team has released its findings and recommendations regarding 2006 domestic partner homicides. The team, established in 1998, is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of professionals that reviews “closed-case” deaths by calendar year. In 2006, 21 of 22 intimate partner death cases were domestic violence or stalking cases; the remaining case was sexual-assault related. The team’s primary findings include: Ø Medical, law enforcement and other victim advocates involved in domestic violence incidents often have interaction with victims prior to their death. Ø Twenty-three percent of intimate partner violence homicides involved teens under the age of 18. Ø Fourteen percent of intimate partner related deaths involved victims over the age of 80. With each finding come recommendations. For example, the team recommends New Mexico law enforcement use the Uniform Domestic Violence Report, which provides a list of specific questions to help first-responders assess the threat to victims upon first report to law enforcement. Legislative, Policy and Systems recommendations also are provided More detailed data in the report include crimes associated with each case; as well as victim and offender data – including gender, age, race and ethnicity; weapons used; death location; etc. Visithttp://hsc.unm.edu/som/programs/cipre/annrep.shtmlto view the complete report. For more information on the New Mexico Intimate Partner Violence Death Review Team, please visithttp://hsc.unm.edu/som/programs/cipre/IPVDRT.shtml.

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