Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence releases 2021 Annual Statistical Report – The 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. This is the second year that the CCDV is compiling the data provided by its members to provide a complete picture of the state of domestic violence in Bexar County.


The intent of this report is to raise awareness of domestic violence by providing statistics compiled by law enforcement agencies, 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 in a way that would provide a complete view of the domestic violence cycle. The 2021 report builds on the work done in 2020 and will evolve as the CCDV collaborates with its partners.


The indicators included in the report allow the reader to have a clearer and more comprehensive understanding of how domestic violence affects survivors, children and perpetrators each year. The report allows for the examination of common measures or common 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 all victims have the resources they need to not only survive, but to thrive,” said Deputy City Administrator Maria Villagomez, co-chair of the CCDV . “We’ve made progress in building new resources, building stronger support networks with nonprofits and partners, and raising awareness of the signs of domestic violence, but there is much more work to be done.”


“The CCDV’s annual data report provides our community with a much-needed tool for transparency, accountability and assessment of the complex problem of domestic violence in Bexar County,” said Judge Monique Diaz, co-chair of the CCDV. “We are committed to sustained efforts to bring spotlight to this important issue, and we will continue to work together to bring healing to survivors, their children and offenders to prevent generational cycles of abuse.”


Calls for service and protection commands
In 2021, 2-1-1 Texas saw a 12% decrease in calls related to family violence. However, SAPD saw a 5% increase in family violence calls and a 20% increase in reports of family violence cases between 2020 and 2021. There were 22 family violence homicides, up from 30 in 2020. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) recorded a 17% increase in family violence calls and two homicides, up from six in 2020. The BCSO does not patrol in 16 incorporated districts in Bexar County.


The Family Violence Division and the Bexar County District Attorney’s Protective Order Division saw a 23% increase in protective order applications filed in civil district courts. There was also a 5% increase in inbound bookings for family crimes and sexual assault and a 10% increase in bookings for family misdemeanors. Accusations of domestic violence and sexual assault fell by 7%.


The Center for Health Care Services, which serves as the local mental health authority, saw a 4.7% increase in adult and 9.2% child witnesses to domestic violence.


Resources for victims and the community
In 2021, the CCDV worked with the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC), University Health, BCSO, Family Violence Prevention Services and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District to establish a navigation line to identify and support victims of domestic violence, who may be at a higher risk of death. Of the 371 calls to the navigation, 24% were classified as high risk. They were encouraged to seek shelter and help immediately. Of these high-risk cases, 45% sought refuge in the Battered Women’s and Children’s Shelter, a hotel, or with friends and family. They also shared that a safe target was included in their security plan.


In addition, Bexar County’s Community Supervision and Corrections Division oversaw more than 20,000 court-ordered violent crime and felony cases.


As part of an effort to educate the community about the magnitude and often deadly consequences of domestic violence, the Putting an End to Abuse through Community Efforts (PEACE) initiative has offered more than 580 training sessions, sessions and lectures for community and medical child protection , social services and other community stakeholders.


Family Violence Prevention Services provided protection, transitional housing, counseling and legal advice to 5,297 clients in 2021. The Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, which provides free legal advice to those on low incomes, also handled more than 1,300 domestic violence and family law cases.


The CCDV was formed in 2019 to formally bring together local leaders from government, the judiciary, law enforcement, prosecutors, nonprofits, education and health organizations to prevent and improve the domestic violence response in Bexar County.


The report can be found at this link.


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

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