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How Has The Pandemic Affected Domestic Violence Prevention, Response In San Antonio?

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A group gathers to release balloons during the first scheduled event honoring National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in San Angelo.
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A group gathers to release balloons during the first scheduled event honoring National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in San Angelo on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020.

185 Texans across 62 counties lost their lives to domestic violence in 2019. Then came the COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020, and a subsequent surge of intimate partner violence.

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?

The San Antonio-Bexar County Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence will hold a free, virtual Domestic Violence Awareness Symposium Oct. 29 and 30. Deadline to register is Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.

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.

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*This interview was recorded on Wednesday, October 28.

Kathleen Creedon can be reached at kathleen@tpr.org or on Twitter at @Kath_Creedon