Executive Order declares October Domestic Violence Awareness month

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By Carol A. Clark

State agencies throughout New Mexico must implement stalking, sexual assault and domestic violence in the workplace policies to be effective July 1, 2009.

Gov. Bill Richardson signed an executive order that requires state agencies to implement policies necessary to provide victims with safe and supportive work environments.

Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster addressed the seriousness of domestic violence during an interview this morning.

"We don't get a lot of these types of calls but the ones we do get are often very serious," Foster said. "So we support anything that will help combat domestic violence.

Richardson issued a proclamation on Sept. 30 declaring October Domestic Violence Awareness Month and announced new initiatives to kickoff the month.

In a news release, Richardson discussed the executive order and also said new domestic violence Public Service Announcements featuring his wife, First Lady Barbara Richardson, will run throughout October.

“Domestic violence affects all New Mexicans, and its damage is inflicted not only upon victims, but their children, families, communities and employers,” he said in a news release.

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