New Mexico Legal Aid

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The Domestic Violence Helpline

The Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Helpline is available.


Monday – Friday || 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

What Is Domestic Violence?

Physical Harm

  • Has your partner hit, slapped, punched, kicked, pushed, choked, or threatened you with physical harm?

Sexual Abuse

  • Has someone raped or sexually assaulted you?

Harm to Children

  • Has your partner harmed or threatened to harm your children?

Property Damage

  • Has your partner broken or damaged your property?


  • Has someone stalked you, driven by your house or work repeatedly, or called or texted you repeatedly?

Severe Emotion Distress

  • Has your partner caused you severe emotion distress?
  • Severe emotional distress is more than name calling and general bad behavior.
  • Severe emotional distress is when the abuser has done great harm to your mental health.


What other things can be considered domestic violence?

  • Controlling who you talk to, or who you see socially
  • Keeping you away from your family and friends.
  • Monitoring your phone use including social media.
  • Tracking your whereabouts/GPS tracking
  • Hurting or threatening to hurt pets
  • Threatening to commit suicide
  • Saying things to make you feel bad about yourself or think you are worthless.


How Can We Help?

We can offer legal information, referrals to trusted community partners (including shelters, counseling centers, and advocates), legal advice, or legal representation depending on your situation.

What if I need representation in a court case?

  • While we cannot guarantee legal representation, we may be able to represent you or explain to you how to represent yourself.

What type of cases can I get help with?

  • We can help with order of protection cases, divorce cases, custody cases, guardianship cases, housing cases related to domestic abuse, tax or benefits cases related to domestic abuse. We can also help victims understand the criminal process, but cannot help with criminal charges.

Can I still call the Legal Helpline if I am not a U.S. citizen?

  • Yes, you do not have to be a U.S. citizen or have legal status in the U.S. to qualify for our services if you have experienced domestic violence.

Can I still call if I do not meet NM Legal Aid’s Income/Asset Requirements?

  • Yes, NM Legal Aid does not have income or asset requirements if you are experiencing domestic violence.

Can I call the Helpline for a friend or family member?

  • Yes, we can provide information and resources for you to pass along to your friend or family member. However, we will not be able to give you legal advice for your friend or family member.

Can you help me if I am a case worker or attorney working with a survivor of domestic violence?

  • Yes, we can help.

If you have questions about whether you are experiencing domestic violence please call us.


If your call is not answered, please leave a message with a safe call-back number.

If it is not safe to return your call, please let us know!

If you are in immediate danger call 911

Interpreter services are available.

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