Susana Martinez surprised the bill’s supporters when she vetoed it.

She encouraged judges to exercise the power they already have under existing laws.“We know the judges aren’t saying, ‘Relinquish your firearms,’ ” she said. It wouldn’t solve all gun violence, but when you look at the issue of domestic violence in the state, how bad it is and how many [cases] involve a firearm, I think it stands to reason.”Meanwhile, advocates for victims of domestic violence tout efforts to train first responders on identifying signs of strangulation and to train law enforcement on prosecuting domestic violence cases if a victim cannot cooperate.

Though originally charged with murder, Coriz took a deal from prosecutors and pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle, a third-degree felony.

Many cases are not prosecuted, according to the committee’s report.

And advocates argue there is not enough support — especially for a vast, rural state that is one of the nation’s poorest — to help victims leave abusive partners.“If you don’t have a lot of resources in place when they’re trying to get into the court system, they won’t use it.

But both have ranked highly in the past.“The states that tend to show up at the top of the ranking tend to be the same states,” said Kristen Rand, legislative director at the Violence Policy Center, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.

C., that publishes the annual report.“What we’ve heard from advocates in a lot of these states, particularly in the South, is you have this combination of a gun-centered culture and a culture of treating women as second-class citizens, and a lack of really prioritizing resources to get women out of these situations,” Rand said.

At the top of the latest list, for example, is Alaska, followed by Nevada and Louisiana.

The study excluded Florida and Alabama because of differences in how those states collect data.

Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican Peggy Sue Padilla’s gravesite in Northern New Mexico.

Courtesy Sandra Padilla-Ramirez The study found the state has the 10th-highest rate of women killed by men, marking the third straight year the Land of Enchantment has appeared toward the top of the list, while New Mexico’s overall homicide rate has ranked lower.

They’re stuck,” said Sheila Lewis, director of Santa Fe Safe, an organization that works with a range of groups and officials to coordinate policies on domestic violence.