In New Mexico there are several laws that protect victims from domestic violence crimes. These laws set forth specific penalties for certain violent behaviors. Generally, under New Mexico law a crime may be considered a domestic violence crime if it includes a pattern of controlling behavior directed at an intimate partner or that person's property, family members, animals, or associates.
The primary laws most commonly used to address domestic violence in New Mexico include:
- Family Violence Protection Act,
- Crimes Against Household Members Act, and
- Harassment and Stalking Act.
The New Mexico Family Violence Protection Act creates a cause of action that allows a victim of domestic violence to obtain an order of protection against the household member who committed the abuse. The order of protection prohibits the restrained party from having any contact with the victim. Violation of an order of protection is a misdemeanor.