KSAT Community town hall explores connection between domestic violence and mass shootings

Watch the full town hall in the video player below

SAN ANTONIO – October is domestic violence awareness month.

On Thursday, Oct. 6, KSAT Community held a town hall to discuss the connection between domestic violence and mass shootings, a topic experts are currently exploring. See a video of the town hall above.

The town hall was moderated by KSAT anchor and reporter Courtney Friedman, and hosted by the Collaborative Commission of Domestic Violence. The collaborative commission is a court-ordered commission dedicated to bridging gaps in the effort to end domestic violence.

The town hall included panelists who are experts in the field and will be part of a larger two-day public event in which the commission will reveal updates on their work, set new goals and educate the public.

You can watch the event in the video player above.

The panelists included:

  • U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro
  • State Sen. Jose Menendez
  • 150th District Court Judge Monique Diaz

We want to hear from you

What questions do you have regarding the connection between domestic violence and mass shootings?

Helpful Resources

Domestic violence can impact anyone, friends, family, children, men, women, and communities.

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, please know resources are available.

Please visit our resource page for help.

You can also see stories from Courtney Friedman’s series confronting domestic violence: Loving in Fear.


KSAT Community operates in partnership with University Health, Energy Transfer and Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union. Click here to read about other KSAT Community efforts.


About the Authors:

Stephanie Leonard is the Special Events Coordinator for KSAT Community. She enjoys writing and producing video and digital content.

Courtney Friedman is a KSAT anchor and reporter. She has an ongoing series called Loving in Fear, confronting Bexar County’s domestic violence epidemic. She's also covered Hurricane Harvey, the shootings in Sutherland Springs and Santa Fe, and tornadoes throughout Texas. She’s a California native and proud Longhorn who loves calling SA home.