Victim Impact Program

The Victim Impact Program within the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office is one of the very first programs established in the State of New Mexico to protect victim’s rights.  Advocates work closely with victims of all violent crimes, as well as area service providers to insure victims are aware of all the resources available and are able to utilize them.  The Victim Impact Program Administrator is Patti Johnson. Patti graduated from Clovis High School and graduated from the University of North Texas. The Program currently has four full-time victim advocates and one program assistant. Each victim advocate maintains an average of 200 open cases. Victim Advocates are on call 24/7 and respond to hospitals and law enforcement agencies for all victims and family members of violent crimes. This program has proven to be successful in ensuring that any victim who needs assistance will receive it, and that any victim who needs help in exercising his or her rights will find guidance and support. Please call the Victim Impact program at 575-769-2246 for assistance and further information.



  1. Help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a victim of crime and the services available to you.

  2. Provide emotional and moral support.

  3. Help you apply for Crime Victim’s compensation.

  4. Explain the Criminal Justice process to you.

  5. Refer you to community agencies, counseling or support groups.

  6. Help you apply for a temporary order of protection.

  7. Set up and also attend meetings with you and the prosecutor.

  8. Keep you informed of all court proceedings and provide you with up to date case information.

  9. Give you points to consider for being a good witness.

  10. Accompany you to court and provide you with support and reassurance.

  11. Help you prepare a victim impact statement for sentencing.


New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission was established to help with the financial hardships suffered by the innocent victims of violent crime, and provide reimbursement of expenses for personal injuries of the victims for which they are unable to collect from any other source. 


New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission

8100 Mountain Road, NE, Suite 106, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87110.  

Phone  1-800-306-6262 


Crimes listed in the Victims of Crime Act

  • Negligent Arson resulting in Death or Bodily Injury 30-17-5 NMSB 1978

  • Aggravated Arson, 30-17-6 NMSA 1978

  • Aggravated Assault, 30-3-2 NMSA 1978

  • Aggravated Battery, 30-3-5 NMSA 1978

  • Dangerous Use of Explosives, 30-7-5 NMSA 1978

  • Negligent use of a Deadly Weapon, 30-7-4 NMSA 1978

  • Murder, 30-2-1 NMSA 1978

  • Voluntary Manslaughter, 30-2-3 NMSA 1978

  • Involuntary Manslaughter, 30-2-3 NMSA

  • Kidnapping, 30-4-1 NMSA 1978

  • Criminal Sexual Penetration, 30-9-11 NMSA 1978

  • Criminal Sexual contact of a Minor, 30-19-13

  • Armed robbery, 30-16-2 NMSA 1978

  • Homicide by vehicle, as provided in Section 66-8-101 NMSA 1978

  • Great bodily injury by vehicle, as provided in Section 66-8-101 NMSA 1978

  • Abandonment or abuse of a child, as provided in Section     30-6-1 NMSA 1978

  • Stalking or aggravated stalking, as provided by the Harassment and Stalking Act

  • Aggravated assault against a household member, as provided in Section 30-3-13 NMSA 1978Assault against a household member with intent to commit a violent felony, as provided in Section 30-3-14 

      NMSA 1978

  • Battery against a household member with intent to commit a violent felony, as provided in Section 30-3-15 

      NMSA 1978

  • Aggravated battery against a household member, as provided in Section 30-3-15 NMSA 1978


Victims Rights take effect when…

An individual is formally charged by a district attorney for allegedly committing a criminal offense. A formal charge can be a grand jury indictment, the filing of criminal information, a request for a preliminary hearing, or the filing of a petition.


Victims Responsibilities…

To be guaranteed your full rights under the Bill of Rights, you must:  promptly report the crime to police, cooperate with law enforcement officials investigating the crime, testify for the State at the Defendant’s trial, and tell authorities of address changes.

Talk to A Victim's Advocate


 417 Gidding, Suite 200

              Clovis, NM 88101
Phone:    575-769-2246

Fax:        575-769-3198


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