FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 3, 2014
Margaret Keller, 505-980-7078
Tammy Fiebelkorn, PLC, 505-410-3884
Sharon Jonas, APNM, 505-503-5907
Jeannette Baca, NMCADV, 505- 490-5387
CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE PROCLAIMS SEPTEMBER AS THE LINK AWARNESS MONTH
City Council Works to Increase Awareness of The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – On September 3rd at the Albuquerque City Council meeting, Councilor Rey Garduno will sponsor a proclamation designating September as The Link Awareness Month. The council meeting begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Vincent E. Griego Council Chambers at One Civic Plaza, and the proclamation is near the top of the agenda for the evening.
Several groups working to reduce all forms of family violence will be at the council meeting to accept the proclamation and provide information on The Link, including Animal Protection of New Mexico, Forming Positive Links Committee and the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence. These organizations are working hard to assist all victims and survivors of domestic violence and to educate adults and children about the link between animal abuse and human violence.
We applaud the Albuquerque City Council on its efforts to raise awareness about The Link. Sadly, The Link is very real and very damaging to families. Research shows:
- 76% of animal abusers also abuse another family member.
- 71% of domestic violence shelter residents with companion animals reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family animals as revenge or psychological control over the victim.
- 32% of domestic violence shelter residents with companion animals reported their children had hurt or killed animals.
- People with a history of animal abuse are approximately three times more likely to commit a violent crime.
- Nearly 50% of domestic violence victims delay leaving their abusers due to concern for the safety and welfare of their companion animals.
There are several events in September that seek to educate, train and stop the cycle of violence in families:
- 10th Annual NM Conference on The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence. Organized by the Forming Positive Links Committee. September 22 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. www.thelinknm.com
- Forum on The Link and Humane Education. September 28. https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-Unitarian-Animal-Advocates-a-Chapter-of-the-UU-Animal-Ministry/
- Ongoing partnership between Animal Protection of New Mexico and the NM Coalition Against Domestic Violence to support and educate victims and help provide safe havens for companion animals involved in domestic violence through the Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE). www.APNM.org/CARE
Animal Protection of New Mexico:
Animal Protection of New Mexico (APNM) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) statewide animal advocacy organization working to change historic and widespread animal cruelty in New Mexico. Recognizing that animal cruelty and neglect are inextricably linked to other forms of violence, APNM offers pragmatic, solutions-oriented approaches based on the concept that animals matter in every New Mexican community. For 35 years, APNM and its legislative arm, Animal Protection Voters (APV), have worked to: pass stronger laws to protect animals; provide training, outreach and support for animal control officers, law enforcement, animal shelters, sanctuaries and other animal organizations; and forge broad-based coalitions to build a critical mass for change. APNM operates two statewide animal cruelty hotlines and maintains numerous ambitious programs addressing a wide range of issues for companion animals, equines, wildlife and all animals in New Mexico. www.apnm.org
Forming Positive Links Committee:
A volunteer group dedicated to providing training on The Link around the state to various professions, hosting the annual Conference on The Link, lobby the legislature for better laws to protect all family members from violence, advocate for stronger policies to stop family violence and work with law enforcement and the courts to ensure those charged with animal cruelty receive therapy to re-learn empathy. www.thelinknm.com
New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
Established in 1979 and incorporated on May 15, 1981, the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NMCADV) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that works to achieve a coordinated local, regional, and statewide response to domestic violence. The Coalition members, affiliates, and supporters are committed to ending domestic violence in New Mexico. The Coalition serves as a clearinghouse for information and referrals. We collaborate with agencies and advocates in the areas of program development, public policy, education and funding proposals. The New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence aspires to a world free of violence and oppression. www.nmcadv.org