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.
A recent report found that military law enforcement often mishandles domestic violence on base, leading to fewer prosecutions and ongoing danger for people who are abused. Some abused spouses complain that they’re not taken seriously and say the process favors the service member.
A joint city-county collaborative was recently tasked with coming up with a plan to curb the city's domestic violence epidemic. Thirty-five people died as a result of domestic violence in Bexar County in 2018, and the number of murders by a male intimate partner continues to rise.
A judge and a San Antonio city councilmember, who is also a survivor of family violence, have teamed up to find the money to fund a drug court that will be the first of its kind in Texas. It’s part of an overall effort to make San Antonio a less violent place for women.