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Jolene Almendarez | Texas Public Radio

The group Autonomous Brown Berets De San Anto held a vigil and rally Saturday near Fort Sam Houston to honor Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen. The event, one of several throughout Texas, also highlighted the violence women in the military and throughout society face on a regular basis.

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Dozens of people assembled on Saturday to share stories of oppression and demand a better world for themselves and each other.

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Domestic violence calls to San Antonio police were up 20% from last year before the stay-at-home mandate was issued in March. Then, the number of calls to police dropped by 13 percent. Officials knew that decline was not good news.

The last time Stacey’s boyfriend strangled her, she nearly died.

“I woke up, I just felt numb. My whole body was just like, am I here? Am I dead?” she recalled thinking after she regained consciousness.

Roberto Martinez

Almost overnight, "flatten the curve" became a national motto. This week on Petrie Dish, TPR's weekly podcast about the coronavirus, we unpack the origins of that phrase with a public health expert who helped popularize it. And, we hear from reporters across Texas about some of the negative consequences of quarantine, from a spike in domestic violence reports to the relocation of migrants in camps along the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Conditions created by the coronavirus pandemic can lead to more dangerous and frequent family violence and abuse. The method in place to protect the public from the COVID-19 threat is the same tactic predators and abusers often use to inflict harm: isolation. 

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Things were bad for domestic violence survivors in San Antonio before the COVID-19 pandemic, but people are in more dire situations now. They’re stuck at home with their abusers, and they also face the stressors of financial insecurity and the fear of catching a potentially deadly virus.

Approximately 1 in 11 female and 1 in 15 male high school students report having experienced physical dating violence in the last year. Young women ages 16 to 24 have the highest rate of reported abuse. 

Bexar County is seeing the emergence of more specialty courts that target specific populations and offer offenders a rehabilitative path forward.

An advocate for survivors of family violence praised a partnership between the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and the San Antonio Police Department to give high tech doorbells to people at risk of being attacked.