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Published on Friday, January 31, 2020

Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales Commends City Staff for Their Work on Domestic Violence Response and Prevention

CONTACT: Victor Landa, 210-884-3429


SAN ANTONIO (January 31, 2020) – Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales praised the City’s Department of Human Services, Metropolitan Health District, and San Antonio Police Department today for its work in putting the new Domestic Violence Reduction and Prevention program in motion.


The Council approved $1 million in general funds for FY2020 to be used to support the program. Yesterday, City staff briefed the Council on a $500,000 RFP for initiatives that will address the gaps in prevention and response resources that were identified in a comprehensive survey.


“I’m elated so see this program move forward,” said Gonzales, “this has been a priority in District 5 because the highest number of domestic violence reports happen in our community.”


Seven specific service gaps will be addressed by the RFP: prioritization and fast tracking of protective orders; Pro-Bono Legal Representation; School Based Education; a Forensic Nurse Examiner program; and lethality training for first responders to identify high risk individuals.


“We’re determined to do all we can to prevent domestic violence in our city and to see that victims don’t fall through the gaps in services” said Gonzales. “This program works hand-in-hand with the Intimate Partner Violence promotora pilot that has been very successful in District 5.”


Contracts for the services outlined in the RFP will be awarded on February 13.