Los Lunas As a primary judicial leader against domestic violence, Charles Sanchez
goes to work every morning and rarely sees a totally unique case on his
But no matter how bleak situations he's
dealing with may get, he
never gives up his
mission to remain fair and protective for the families and victims he
serves.The special commissioner for domestic violence is a graduate of Belen High School and earned his bachelor's degree from New Mexico State University.He
later proceeded on to Drake Law School
and returned to his
hometown where he
practiced general law until 1996.After gradually working his way into handling domestic affairs, Sanchez ultimately became special commissioner.
Click to enlargeSanchez
said domestic violence is a major issue in Valencia County
and has always seemed more predominant here than in other areas , but he
doesn't let the circumstances discourage him.
"I don't know what the stats are exactly, but it seems proportionately higher here than in other counties," Sanchez
In some situations, he
said, frequent cases of domestic violence have an effect on the community as a whole, primarily by involving the police departments around the area.
"I think that, unfortunately, various police department resources are stretched very thin because of so many cases," Sanchez
However, over the past few years, Sanchez
said the situation has improved because funding for services and shelters has become more readily available through a variety of sources.He
said services such as the Valencia Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence and local help hotlines have served as significant resources for victims of domestic violence.If anyone is in need of support concerning these matters, they may call a 24-hour hotline at 864-1383.
"I always encourage individuals to contact a shelter or file for protection.I would tell victims not to be embarrassed about their situation because it's nothing that they've done to cause the problem," Sanchez
Although it is an ongoing struggle, Sanchez
work, finding it a very fulfilling experience.
"I get a sense of accomplishment by helping people," Sanchez
said the job doesn't come without it's difficult times.
"It gets discouraging at times because it often gets worse before it gets better, but I try to treat each case individually," Sanchez
said."It's hard to watch individuals go through the same situations over and over."
Such a demanding job would require an immense amount of patience and understanding from anyone , characteristics Sanchez
believes are keys to consistent success in his
Growing up with good parents, Sanchez
acquired positive characteristics based on the examples his
folks set for him.He
often finds that children are the ones who suffer most in the cases he
"Kids follow by example, which is why people shouldn't tolerate domestic abuse of any kind," Sanchez
cases are frequently challenging, but Sanchez
said preparation is essential for a successful case.
"People need to come prepared with evidence," Sanchez
said."It's hard to make a decision with no evidence, especially when two people have conflicting versions of the story."
It may seem as though the issues may never go away, but Sanchez
will remain solid in his
stance against domestic violence and will do anything he
can to serve his
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