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How Will San Antonio Break The Cycle Of Domestic Violence?

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Homicides related to domestic violence in San Antonio have continued to rise over the past four years. At the end of October, City Council approved a comprehensive plan to disrupt the cycle of family and intimate partner violence.

The plan includes six goals to be achieved in the next five years by approaching the issue from multiple angles with support from a variety of community stakeholders. It incorporates immediate solutions for survivors of domestic violence and education campaigns to prevent abuse and deaths in the future.

San Antonio women are more likely to experience rape or murder than women in Austin, Dallas or Houston.

Thirty-five homicides were committed by a male intimate partner in San Antonio in 2018. Of those victims, 21 were women.

As of July 31, 2019, there had been 20 domestic violence-related homicides and half were women.

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*This interview was recorded on Wednesday, December 11.

Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.