How Has The Pandemic Affected Domestic Violence Prevention, Response In San Antonio?
Domestic abuse is tragically common in Texas. One in three Texans experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. What are the warning signs? What help is available amid the pandemic? Has the COVID-19 crisis paused progress for survivors?
There have been 29 family violence-related murders in San Antonio so far this year, compared to 21 total in 2019, and 79,748 family violence-related calls to the San Antonio Police Department.
How are the City of San Antonio, with Bexar County and community partners, investing in prevention, response and support services? How can individuals help break the cycle of intimate partner violence?
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, you can find help by calling the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
- Dr. Colleen Bridger, interim director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District and co-chair of the Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence
- Lori Rodriguez, college professor and domestic violence survivor
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*This interview was recorded on Wednesday, October 28.