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September 22, 2009 - Today, the Violence Policy Center released their annual study for 2007 showing the top 10 states for women killed by men. New Mexico ranked 7th in the country. Louisiana ranked 1st, Alaska 2nd, Wyoming 3rd, Arkansas 4th, Nevada 5th, Alabama 6th, New Mexico 7th, South Carolina 8th, Oklahoma 9th and Arizona 10th.

According to VPC's 2006 study, New Mexico ranked 18. In their 2007 study, we ranked 7. It is obvious we are in a state of crisis! It is imperative we turn these findings into an opportunity for change. Ranking at #7 is devastating and not acceptable. It clearly shows we are still losing victims to domestic violence at a much higher rate than before.

In order to beat this epidemic, we need to put more emphasis on the issues of domestic violence through educating our children, our elected officials, our faith based organizations, the educational system and the general public. Only by educating these entities can this number go down.

Alianza, the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence is a national organization serving victims of domestic violence across the country and is headquartered in Albuquerque, NM.

Alianza will continue to make strides in combating this issue by offering valuable resources to support families, children and communities in crisis, especially during this current economic recession. Our programs are geared to support individual victims of domestic violence as well as the institutions that that serve them, including shelters, nonprofit organizations, state and county health workers. All our services are FREE and confidential.

We are available for a phone or face to face interview. Please call (505-224-9080).