LAPD: Coronavirus Precautions Could Lead To Increased Domestic Violence



Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced a statewide stay-at-home order due to COVID-19 virus.  Many people are staying inside their homes as COVID-19 spreads across the country.  Self-isolation and social distancing is necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

When people are cooped up together for a long period of time, emotions are high, people are stressed, and there is a greater risk for domestic violence.

  • Physical Abuse: Hitting, slapping, shoving, grabbing, pinching, biting, hair pulling.
  • Sexual Abuse: Coercing or attempting to coerce any sexual contact or behavior without consent.
  • Emotional Abuse: Undermining an individual’s sense of self-worth and/or self-esteem is abusive.
  • Economic Abuse: Making or attempting to make an individual financially dependent by maintaining total control over financial resources.
  • Psychological Abuse: Elements of psychological abuse include – but are not limited to – causing fear by intimidation; threatening physical harm to self, partner, children, or partner’s family or friends; destruction of pets and property; and forcing isolation from family, friends, or school and/or work.If you are experiencing domestic abuse, feel unsafe, or there’s an increase of tensions within the home, the victim assistant is available by phone at (505) 663-3511. The most important thing is that you are emotionally and physically safe. You don’t have to file a police report for services—the conversation is kept confidential.  The victim assistant will do everything to help you feel safe, so you don’t have to feel alone.

Available services:

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Safety planning
  • Order of protections
  • Referrals

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Other resources:



  • Crisis Center of Northern NM (505) 753-1656
  • Esperanza Shelter (800) 473-5220

Crisis Hotlines

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline (800) 656-4673
  • NM Crisis and Access Line (855) 662-7474

Sexual Assault Services

  • Solace Crisis Treatment Center (800) 721-7273
  • Sexual Assault Nurses Examination (505) 989-5952
  • NM Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (888) 883-8020