Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence Releases 2021 Annual Statistical Report – City of San Antonio

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CONTACT:
CITY OF SAN ANTONIO:

Laura Mayes, 210-207-1337; [email protected]
Monica Ramos, 210-335-2742, [email protected]
David Alegria, 210-207-8172, [email protected]

SAN ANTONIO (October 20, 2022) – Today, the Joint City County Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence (CCDV) released the 2021 Annual Statistical Report. State of Domestic Violence in Bexar County.


The intention of this report is to raise awareness of domestic violence by providing statistics compiled by law enforcement, the criminal justice system, nonprofit organizations, and the health care system. The report is a collection of data sources, but today these sources are not linked to each other in a way that would present a complete view of the cycle of domestic violence. The 2021 report builds on the work done in 2020 and will continue to evolve as the CVBR collaborates with its partners.


The indicators included in the report allow the reader to gain a clearer and more comprehensive understanding of how domestic violence affects survivors, children and offenders each year. The report examines common forms of measurement, or shared indicators, of the state of domestic violence in our community and provides key findings from each of the reporting entities.


“As a community, we are committed to ending domestic violence and ensuring that all victims have the resources they need to not only survive, but to thrive,” said the Deputy Director of the city, Maria Villagomez, co-president of the CCDV. “We have made progress in creating new resources, building stronger support networks with nonprofits and partners, and raising awareness of the signs of domestic violence, but there is still a lot of work to be done. TO DO.”


“The CVBR’s annual data report provides our community with an indispensable tool for transparency, accountability, and assessment of the complex problem of domestic violence in Bexar County,” said Judge Monique Diaz, Co-Chair of CVBR. “We are committed to sustained efforts to bring this important issue to light and will continue to work collaboratively to bring healing to survivors, their children and offenders to prevent generational cycles of abuse.”


Calls for service and protective orders
In 2021, 2-1-1 Texas saw a 12% reduction in calls related to domestic violence. However, the SAPD saw a 5% increase in domestic violence appeals and a 20% increase in domestic violence incident reports filed between 2020 and 2021. There were 22 domestic violence homicides, up from 30 in 2020 The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) saw a 17% increase in domestic violence calls and two domestic violence homicides, up from six in 2020. The BCSO patrols 16 unincorporated districts in Bexar County .


The Bexar County Attorney’s Domestic Violence Division and Protective Orders Division saw a 23% increase in protective order applications filed in civil district courts. There was also a 5% increase in incoming bookings for domestic violence and sexual assault and a 10% increase in misdemeanor domestic violence bookings. There was a 7% decrease in domestic violence and sexual assault charges.


The Center for Health Care Services, which acts as the local mental health authority, saw an increase of 4.7% for adults and 9.2% for children witnessing domestic violence.


Resources for victims and the community
In 2021, CVBR collaborated with the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC), University Health, BCSO, Family Violence Prevention Services, and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District to launch a navigation line to identify and help victims of domestic violence who may be at a higher risk of lethality. Of the 371 navigation calls, 24% were identified as high risk. They were encouraged to seek shelter and help immediately. Of these high-risk cases, 45% sought shelter at the Battered Women’s and Children’s Shelter, a hotel, or with friends and family. They also shared that having a safe destination was built into their safety planning.


In addition, the Bexar County Community and Correctional Supervision Department oversaw more than 20,000 court-ordered misdemeanor and felony cases.


As part of efforts to educate the community about the extent and often deadly consequences of domestic violence, the Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts (PEACE) initiative has provided more than 580 educational trainings, sessions and speaking engagements to the community and to doctors, child protection, social services and other community actors.


Family Violence Prevention Services provided shelter, transitional housing, counseling and legal services to 5,297 clients in 2021. Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, which provides free legal services to low-income people, has also conducted over 1,300 domestic violence and family law consultations.


The CCDV was created in 2019 to formally bring together local leaders from government, the judiciary, law enforcement, prosecution, non-profit organizations, education and health care to prevent and to improve responses to domestic violence in Bexar County.


The report is available at this link.


For anyone experiencing domestic violence, please call the Domestic Violence Prevention Services 24/7 Helpline at (210) 733-8810 or the National Domestic Violence Helpline at 1-800-799 -SAFE (7233).

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