Metro Health Violence Prevention Division
Reducing violence requires investment in emergency response and programs to save lives today and equal stake in long term solutions to prevent violence in the future. In San Antonio, homicide and suicide are the second and third leading causes of death for people ages 15 – 44, with the burden of these deaths falling disproportionately on young people of color. Expanding existing public health violence prevention programs and expanding the partnership between SAPD and Metro Health through the creation of a Violence Prevention Division will help address this. The new Division will enhance City of San Antonio violence prevention and response approaches that utilize the strengths of SAPD, Metro Health, and DHS to respond to violence today and change the future trajectory of violence. The Division would expand violence prevention outreach through the addition of a Westside Stand Up team and support close collaboration to respond to Domestic Violence by collocating SAPD CRTs in Metro Health. Opportunities to develop shared evaluation metrics can improve the identification of approaches that are effective in the San Antonio community to respond and prevent future violence.
The Violence Prevention Division would include three core areas:
- Gun Violence Prevention and Intervention
- Domestic Violence Prevention and Response
- Child and Youth Violence Prevention
Using a life course perspective, the Violence Prevention program uses trauma-informed programs and practices to support individuals and families in all life stages.
FY 2021 Initiative
- Establish a Violence Prevention Division
- 1 FTE Violence Prevention Public Health Administrator
- 1 FTE Violence Prevention Administrative Assistant
- Rigorously document and evaluate new initiatives