These reported case statistics are even worse when we look at how many times children are present at the time of these reported situations that resulted in documented injury. Police report that 6,825 children witnessed the abuse of a family member in 1 year and only 2% of these children were removed from the home after the incident. Only 23% of these cases ever file for order of protection or file formal charges against the offending parent. When orders of protection are filed only 1.3% resulted in supervised visitation, leaving both the children and their parents vulnerable to additional encounters resulting in injury. Albuquerque police informally state that of these reported cases about 3/4ths of them will report another injury within 12 months.
For the cases where one party is convicted of intimate partner violence (including fatal cases) the average sentence is only 3.04 years. So, for cases that do make it to court where a judge has decided that a criminal action indeed had taken place and injury was caused the sentences are minor. This is about the same time that someone charged with possession of an illegal substance will be sentenced according to Bureau of Statistics Drug and Crime Facts.