Udall stood up for tough anti-stalking laws in New Mexico; helped write the Violence Against Women Act, passed Katie’s Law in the Senate
The Udall campaign’s powerful new TV ad features Karen, a domestic violence survivor, thanking Tom Udall for working throughout his career for tougher laws to prevent domestic violence. As New Mexico’s Attorney General and now as U.S. Senator, Udall has worked to strengthen anti-stalking and anti-domestic violence laws, to prevent violence against women in New Mexico.
The ad, titled “Find Help,” runs 30 seconds, and is narrated by a woman who tells her experience with domestic violence and the strength it took to find help.
“It started after we had our son. My husband would go into a rage, and hurt me. And then be sorry. And then do it all over again,” the woman, Karen, says in the ad. “I finally found the courage to leave, to protect my son.”
“I’m so grateful for Senator Udall’s anti-stalking law, and his work to pass the Violence Against Women Act,” Karen continues. “He’s a good man, and I know the difference.”
In the Senate, Udall helped lead the effort to update the Violence Against Women Act, working to close a jurisdictional loophole that had blocked police from prosecuting domestic violence offenses committed against Native women by non-Natives on reservations. The updated law includes a new set of provisions granting tribal courts jurisdiction to prosecute such cases. As Udall said, Native women “should not be abandoned to a jurisdictional loophole.”
Udall began his work as New Mexico Attorney General, when he and a coalition of advocates for domestic violence victims led a campaign to strengthen New Mexico’s anti-stalking laws, which were difficult to prosecute and a poor deterrent to perpetrators. The new law made a second conviction a felony, requiring immediate law enforcement intervention before the behavior could escalate into violence.
Udall also introduced and passed “Katie’s Law” in 2013. Named for Katie Sepich, a New Mexico State University graduate student who was brutally raped and murdered in 2003, the law gives police new tools to track DNA from repeat offenders.
“Too many New Mexico women will face violence at home or by someone they know. Tom Udall has been working across party lines to strengthen laws and give police new tools to prevent offenders from being able to repeat acts of violence – and to make sure those women can find help,” said Campaign Manager Daniel Sena. “We’re so proud of Karen for having the strength to share her story, and we’re grateful for her support.”