Civil Legal Services
Civil Legal Services are provided in protective order, divorce, custody, and other domestic relations matters to victims of domestic violence. Some of the legal services offered are:
La Casa, Inc’s B.I.P. program is accredited and is compliant with New Mexico State program standards and recommendations. We cross reference every referral against the 13 Domains of Domestic Violence. As a result, not all referrals are appropriate for B.I.P. services. In some cases, there is mutual combat. In others, court has recommended couple counseling or anger management. We do not offer couple counseling or anger management. A few cases are simply aggression that do not meet the threshold of domestic violence..
Domestic Violence offenders are unique violent offenders requiring a specialized approach. Intimate partner violence is based on one person’s unrealistic and or unfair expectations or “rules” for his or her partner. This is compounded by a feeling of entitlement to punish or get revenge when the partner fails to meet these expectations.
Offenders do an excellent job of managing their anger when they choose to do so; for example: they manage their anger with their bosses or in a tense confrontation with someone in a bar. Offenders choose not to manage their anger with their intimate partners. Abuse is not a loss of control, but rather a failure to maintain control. Anger Management does NOT address the root cause of intimate partner violence which is power and control one person exerts over another and/or the ‘perceived’ right to dominate another person. Anger Management fails to account for the premeditated controlling behavior associated with abuse. Intimate partner violence is often a series of behaviors inflicted on an intimate partner through direct and indirect controlling and degrading behaviors. It is not merely a series of impulsive, angry incidents. It is premeditated.