CONTACT: Victor Landa, 210-884-3429
SAN ANTONIO (May 9, 2019) – Today City Council members Shirley Gonzales (District 5) and Manny Pelaez (District 8) asked their colleagues on the Council to prioritize and increase funding for a comprehensive domestic and intimate partner violence (IPV) education, response and prevention strategy.
Domestic and intimate partner violence have reached alarming levels in San Antonio with repercussions in every aspect of society - business, education, public health and safety.
In Texas, more than 5 million people have experienced IPV and 1 in 3 Texas women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. When compared to other counties, Bexar County has a higher homicide rate for women. Like any other major city, San Antonio has distinct areas, mainly within the inner city and southern portion of the city that are marked high risk for IPV. Additionally, the rates of LGBTQ IPV outpace domestic violence rates experienced by heterosexual victims.
While Metro Health has identified violence prevention as one of their strategic health priorities, with a specific focus on preventing IPV, and countless nonprofit organizations have been working to help victims of IPV, this issue needs to be a budget priority for the City. The demonstrated economic and societal impact of IPV indicates that in order for San Antonio to become a city truly dedicated to equity and quality of life for all, we must develop a comprehensive strategy to address IPV—a data driven strategy that addresses public education, shelter resources, business response, delegate agency partnerships, faith community support, access to healthcare, legal resources, immigrant and homeless services, transitional and permanent housing, IPV among military members and their dependents, batterer intervention initiatives, and SAPD response.
The Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence Council Consideration Request, signed by council members Rebecca Viagran, Ana Sandoval and Rey Saldana, puts this needed strategy in motion.