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Albuquerque police are seeing a surge in domestic violence calls over the 2021 holiday season

Domestic violence incidents are on the rise in Duke City, and Albuquerque Police Department (APD) officials say the holidays are a big reason. “It’s not a significant increase, but an increase,” said Lt. Juan Cabrerra, who works in the criminal investigation department at APD. According to a report by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, the data suggests that there is a strong link between certain holidays and incidents of intimate partner violence. For example, a 2005 study examining reports of police incidents of domestic violence in Idaho found a higher total of cases than the normal daily average on New Years Eve and New Years Eve, with New Years Day recording an average of 2.7 times more cases of domestic violence all mix one to contribute to the incident, “said Lt. Cabrerra. In Albuquerque, APD noted an increase in calls related to domestic violence and sexual assault during the holiday season. Lt. Cabrerra added, however, that the number of criminal incidents varies daily “On weekdays, for example Tuesday night, there might be even more cases than on a bank holiday weekend,” said Lt. Cabrerra. Valencia Shelter Services (VSS) is an organization based in Los Lunas. Executive Director Stephanie Villalobos said she already had a 40 percent increase in domestic victims during the 2021 vacation r violence and sexual assault found. “We also see this rate in line with child abuse and testimony.” She adds that the national trend often makes her emotional. VSS offers a wide range of resources, from crisis intervention training to advisory services. “These incidents are often kept secret and concealed,” said Villalobos. “When you’re around the person who harmed you, you’ve noticed an increase in anxiety.” Despite the increase in incidents, Villalobos added that it will not stop its efforts anytime soon. Hoping that no victim will ever feel alone. “It is important for us that we know that we are here to help people. I think that gives us the greatest consolation, ”said Villalobos. If you or someone you know is having problems, call the National Domestic Violence Line at 1- (800) -799-7233.

Domestic violence incidents are rising in Duke City, and Albuquerque Police Department (APD) officials say the holidays are a big reason for it.

“It’s not a significant increase, but it is an increase,” said Lt. Juan Cabrerra who works in the criminal investigation department at APD.

According to a report by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, the data suggests that there is a strong link between certain holidays and incidents of intimate partner violence.

For example, a 2005 study examining police incidents of domestic violence in Idaho found a higher total of cases on New Years Eve and New Years than the normal daily average, with New Years Day averaging 2.7 times more cases of domestic violence .

“There is stress with these type of holidays and that can all add up to contribute to this incident,” said Lt. Cabrerra.

In Albuquerque, APD noted an increase in calls related to domestic violence and sexual assault during the holiday season.

Lt. However, Cabrerra added that the number of criminal incidents can vary on a daily basis.

“Weekday nights, for example Tuesday night, might even have more cases than a holiday weekend,” said Lt. Cabrerra.

Valencia Shelter Services (VSS) is an organization based in Los Lunas.

Executive Director Stephanie Villalobos said she had already seen a 40 percent increase in domestic violence and sexual assault victims during the 2021 vacation.

“We’re seeing a lot of mental abuse during the holiday season,” said Villalobos. “We also see this rate in line with child abuse and child testimony.”

She adds that the nationwide trend often makes her emotional.

VSS offers a wide range of resources, from crisis intervention training to advisory services.

“These incidents are often kept secret and silent,” said Villalobos. “When you’re around the person who harmed you, you’ve noticed an increase in anxiety.”

Despite the increase in incidents, Villalobos added that it will not stop its efforts anytime soon.

Hoping that no victim will ever feel alone.

“It’s important for us that we know we are here to help people. I think that’s what gives us the most consolation,” said Villalobos.

If you or someone you know is having problems, call the National Domestic Violence Line at 1- (800) -799-7233.

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