- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - An evaluation of New Mexico’s programs for addressing domestic violence describes a fragmented system that may put victims including children at risk.

The report from staff at the nonpartisan Legislative Finance Committee was presented to lawmakers on Tuesday in the state Capitol.

It says coordination on domestic violence issues is lacking in a state where nearly one-fourth of adults have experienced domestic violence and 48,000 have been arrested on abuse charges between 2008 and 2015.

The report casts doubts over the effectiveness of state-funded batterer intervention programs that treat people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses to reduce recidivism. Fewer than half of enrolled offenders complete the programs.

Authors of the report say a state domestic violence leadership commission apparently has not met since 2010.

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