Laura E. Mayes, City of San Antonio,
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Rebecca Helterbrand, San Antonio Area Foundation,
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View our City of San Antonio Domestic Violence Comprehensive Plan
SAN ANTONIO, TX (October 30, 2019) – The City of San Antonio released its comprehensive plan to address domestic violence at today’s City Council meeting. The plan, which was developed by the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health), the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD), applies a public health approach to preventing and addressing domestic violence. The plan seeks to help the community understand the causes of partner violence, so that it can take action to address those causes and prevent incidents later on.
“The City of San Antonio and its partners are committed to addressing the root causes of domestic violence in a collaborative way. The plan identifies ways our community can make deep changes in our tactics for coping with and preventing domestic violence through a systematic, public health framework,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “I am pleased to see the San Antonio Area Foundation join us in this effort by investing in the safety of families and children.”
The Domestic Violence Comprehensive Plan Identifies Six Goals:
- Disrupt the developmental pathways toward partner violence
- Teach safe and healthy relationship skills
- Increase cross-sector partnerships and transparency
- Coordinate and streamline access to services and trauma-informed response systems
- Support survivors to increase safety and lessen harms
- Reduce access to weapons and increase availability of rehabilitative programs
Experiencing abuse as a child is strongly associated as a pathway to experiencing domestic violence as an adult, either as a perpetrator or a victim. To begin to address the goals identified by the plan, the City will implement a Triple P positive parenting program (Triple P), designed to help prevent future violence. The San Antonio Area Foundation is helping to bring the program to San Antonio with a $600,000 investment for the three-year program. The funds will be awarded by the Area Foundation to nonprofits who have expertise working with families by the end of 2019.
“The roots of domestic violence are complex and connected to many societal issues,” said Marjie M. French, chief executive officer of the San Antonio Area Foundation. “By joining the collaborative effort in a substantial way, we honor the wishes and legacy of John L. Santikos by supporting nonprofits who are leading the way in delivering comprehensive parenting support and training, to help prevent the tragedy of domestic violence
“The funding for Triple P is provided by the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation, a fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation. The Area Foundation is the largest funding contributor to the Triple P initiative, and the second largest funder of the overall initiative, followed only by the City of San Antonio’s $1 million commitment.
The Triple P program will serve nearly 90,000 San Antonio families with children under the age of five within three years. Triple P is one of only two programs identified by the World Health Organization as an effective population-based program to reduce child abuse and maltreatment.
Triple P is one of the most effective evidence-based parent coaching programs in the world, backed up by more than 35 years of ongoing research. Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage their children’s behavior and prevent problems from developing. Triple P is currently used in more than 25 countries and has been shown to work across cultures, socio-economic groups and in many different kinds of family structures. The program has been rigorously tested with 980 trials, including 135 randomized control trials.
Triple P includes five flexible, multilevel intervention stages to effect community-wide change, from Tier 1, a community-wide campaign, to Tier 5, a targeted, intensive intervention for families at risk. The San Antonio Area Foundation’s investment will specifically fund Tiers 2, 4 and 5, which includes training practitioners, offering seminars to parents, creating discussion groups and funding related program materials. Nonprofits who receive funding are perfectly poised to add this evidence-based program to their existing approaches, and already have deep connections with families.
Full deployment of Triple P in San Antonio will cost $1.2 million in the first year, with a total cost of $4 million over three years. The City of San Antonio has committed $250,000 to implement Triple P and will pursue partnership with other funders to fully implement the Triple P program.
The City of San Antonio is coordinating closely with Bexar County and community partners through the newly formed Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence (CCDV) to implement recommendations from the Domestic Violence Comprehensive Plan. The CCDV is the first coordinated, community effort to address domestic violence in San Antonio and Bexar County. According to the Center’s for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, coordinated community approaches have the best chance of reducing domestic violence in communities that fully invest in the model.
“San Antonio is mirroring national trends with alarming increases in domestic violence,” said Assistant City Manager and commission co-chair Dr. Colleen Bridger. “The City’s Domestic Violence Comprehensive Plan is a starting point of a long-term commitment for a coordinated community response that focuses on both prevention as well as acute response.”