LOS LUNAS, N.M. —A new program in Valencia County pulls together resources to help children in abusive homes.

The new Valencia County Child Advocacy Center pulls together law enforcement and social workers to work together on child maltreatment cases.

Gov. Susana Martinez pushed for the project. She spoke at Friday’s grand opening.

Martinez said cooperation is key to getting children the help and support they need.

“Every aspect, every piece that needs to be here, to hear it and see it and then everyone goes out in their own direction because they know what needs to be done by their separate agencies,” Martinez said.

Valencia County is the first to take on the project because social workers in the community say they need help. Law enforcement will be able to help social workers with home visits, or make tough calls to places where child abuse gets reported.

The center is one of the first that Martinez hopes to found throughout the state.

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