SAN ANTONIO - – Just 10 minutes of your time could end up saving lives, and you can remain anonymous.
For the first time ever, there’s a city- and county-wide public survey about domestic violence.
The project could lead to crucial funding and policy change, but there’s a problem: a lot of people aren’t responding. The goal is to get thousands of participants but since Dec. 15, only about 350 people have filled out the survey.
“The more people participate, we can identify ways that we can strengthen the services provided to the individuals and families experiencing domestic violence,” said domestic violence survivor and social worker Elizabeth Cruz.
Cruz experienced and witnessed abuse in her childhood and in her marriage.
“Just feeling a whole lot of shame. How did I let this happen? How did I get to this point?” Cruz said.
Advocates report that feeling is sadly common for people in San Antonio and in Bexar County where the cases per capita are the highest in the state.
Metro Health’s Violence Prevention Department determined these were the specific feelings, stories and experiences researchers needed to know about so the city and county can figure out how best to help families in crisis.