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The recent death of a Houston police officer reignited an aspect of the gun control debate that intersects with 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.


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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.


Left to Right: Bexar County Judges Peter Sakai and Monique Diaz, Assistant City Manager Colleen Bridger, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District Violence Prevention Manager Jenny Hixon
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Love is.

That is the name of San Antonio’s comprehensive, five year plan to combat domestic violence.

Assistant City Manager Colleen Bridger presented the details of the first year of the plan to the city council on Wednesday.

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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.


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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.

 


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Nearly 300 people packed into the sanctuary of a Mennonite church on San Antonio’s South Side to participate in a town hall exploring the reasons why the city is such a dangerous place for women.

 


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 A report commissioned by the City of San Antonio reveals that Bexar County is failing 51 percent of its population: women. 


In the wake of the massacre at a small-town Texas church on Sunday, many people are asking why.

A large portion of the mass shootings in the U.S. in recent years have roots in domestic violence against partners and family members. Depending on how you count, it could be upwards of 50 percent.

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In 2016, the San Antonio Police Department responded to 34,000 calls for domestic violence and so far this year, 31,000 calls have already been made for the same issue. 

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