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Santa Fe, NM – The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) and New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and encourage New Mexicans to take a stand against domestic violence.

"Domestic violence is a very serious issue and it is important that support and guidance is available to those facing domestic violence in their lives," said CYFD Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson. "This is why we are working very closely with domestic violence providers throughout the state on ways to best support children and families affected by domestic violence and to help improve their quality of life."

Domestic violence is a serious public health issue with long-lasting, harmful effects on individuals, families and communities. Lifelong effects can include depression, PTSD, suicidal ideation, physical injuries, and sexually transmitted illnesses, among other negative health outcomes. Children who have been exposed to domestic violence may become perpetrators or victims as adults, creating an intergenerational cycle of violence.

"Domestic violence does not discriminate and has a lasting, negative impact on people, families and cultures," said NMDOH Secretary Lynn Gallagher. "Because this issue impacts all of us, we remind all New Mexicans of the moral obligation we all share to recognize, address, and help put an end to domestic violence."

October has been observed as Domestic Violence Awareness Month since 1987, with events focused on connecting people who work to end violence, celebrating survivors, and mourning those who lost their lives to domestic violence.

New Mexico agencies have organized events throughout the month of October. Learn more about these events from the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence at http://www.nmcadv.org/domestic-violence-awareness-month/.

If you or someone you know is experiencing violence or if you want to get involved in your community, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233, the New Mexico Crisis and Access Line 1-855-662-7474, or contact your nearest local shelter and center http://www.nmcadv.org/about-us/member-organizations/.

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