City of Albuquerque
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File #: R-21-142   
Type: Resolution Status: In Committee
File created: 4/5/2021 In control: Public Safety Committee
Final action:
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Adopting A Policy To Create A "Safe Harbor" For Victims Of Domestic Violence And Other Violence To Engage With The Police Department Without Fear Of Arrest (Davis)
Attachments: 1. R-142.pdf
CITY of ALBUQUERQUE
TWENTY FOURTH COUNCIL


COUNCIL BILL NO. R-21-142 ENACTMENT NO. ________________________

SPONSORED BY: Patrick Davis


RESOLUTION
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Adopting A Policy To Create A "Safe Harbor" For Victims Of Domestic Violence And Other Violence To Engage With The Police Department Without Fear Of Arrest (Davis)
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WHEREAS, domestic violence is a serious issue impacting the health, safety and welfare of victims and the community at-large; and
WHEREAS, a report by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence found that 1-in-3 women and 1-in-7 men in New Mexico had been victims of domestic violence but many had not reported it to law enforcement, and in one day in 2013, New Mexico domestic violence services had served 951 victims; and
WHEREAS, a study by the University of Kentucky and the National Domestic Violence Hotline found that 24-percent of domestic violence survivors who had reported incidents to law enforcement were themselves threatened with arrest, and 1-in-6 domestic violence survivors had not called law enforcement previously because they were afraid police would arrest them; and
WHEREAS, the same study found that 1-in-4 female survivors of domestic violence who had called police would not do so again and 1-in-2 were unsure about whether they would involve police again; and
WHEREAS, a 2015 report by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) marking the 20th anniversary of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) found that 59% of LGBTQ+ domestic violence survivors said that law enforcement sometimes or frequently fail to recognize abuse in LGBTQ+ relationships, and 58% of LGBTQ+ respondents said they had experienced bias against their relationship status during a law enforcement encounter; and
WHEREAS, in the same report, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who also had co-existing involvement with substance abuse or sex trafficking ha...

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