San Antonio battles domestic violence

 

Photo courtesy Senior Airman Rusty Frank

By Samantha Torres 
Pulse Staff Reporter

Twenty-nine people died as a result of domestic violence in Bexar County in 2018, according to Texas Public Radio. 

San Antonio is working to eliminate domestic violence with the right strategies. The San Antonio Area Foundation is helping to bring the program to San Antonio with a $600,000 investment for a three year program. The funding for this program, called Triple P,  is provided by the Santikos Charitable Foundation, a benefactor of the San Antonio Area Foundation. 

“Domestic violence is not right because it affects the kids and the environment around the house,” said Raymundo Zurita, an Education major at Palo Alto College. 

According to a June 1, 2019, article on mySA.com, a steady uptick in family violence incidents and homicides have been reported to the San Antonio Police Department in recent years.

In 2016, there were 10,459 misdemeanor reports for family violence, but in 2018, there were 11,381 misdemeanor reports. 

“One case of family violence is one too many. One death is one too many. San Antonio, we have a lot of work to do,” said District Attorney Joe Gonzales on mySA.

“Terrible. It messes up all the family,” said Derek Dixon, a radio, TV, broadcast major at Palo Alto College. “Probably some families have not fixed their problems, such as drug problems or emotional problems.”

According to a Jan. 10, 2014, article in Partner Abuse Intervention,  gender-based violence knows no boundaries. It cuts across societies, classes, races, religions and ethnicities.

“Abuse is not love. It is one person in a relationship having power and control over the other person. Domestic violence takes many forms: physical, emotional, economic, stalking and harassment, and sexual,” said The Center for Family Justice.

“I think that it happens a lot in families and relationships, but especially in this day in age. And also it comes down to how and where that person was raised,” said Conrad Garcia, a Liberal Arts major at Palo Alto College.

If you are in need of assistance, please contact Family Violence Prevention Services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 210-733-8810.

Palo Alto College also provides free personal counseling to all enrolled students. Visit Counseling Services in the Student Center, Room 100, or you can call 210- 486-3750 to schedule an appointment.

 

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