Task force establishes order to keep weapons out of domestic violence offenders’ hands
SAN ANTONIO – Alarmed that San Antonio leads Texas in cases of women murdered by men, the Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence has named a task force to address the issue. The task force has developed an order that can be included in a protective order. It is called a weapons transfer order and requires a defendant to transfer any weapons and ammunition they have to law enforcement or a court-approved third party. “The order puts in place a uniform order for all judges to use,” said 150th District Court Judge Monique Diaz, a task force member. Diaz said the task force has been working on developing the order for a year and a half.
Spurs player Patty Mills to help launch San Antonio's inaugural domestic violence symposium
Spurs guard Patty Mills is set to help launch San Antonio's inaugural domestic violence symposium later this month. The Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence was launched last year in response to increases in domestic violence. The plan, which was developed by the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, the Department of Human Services and the San Antonio Police Department, approaches domestic violence as a public health issue rather than a law enforcement one. A year later, the CCDV is hosting a virtual symposium Oct. 29-30, which is free and open to the public. The funds were donated to the Women and Children's Shelter of San Antonio to benefit domestic violence victims.mysanantonio.com
COVID-19 pandemic leads to increased domestic violence, deaths, community leaders say
SAN ANTONIO The stress of the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing people to their limits and putting families in the danger zone of domestic violence. According to city and county officials with the Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence, this years numbers have already exceeded those of last year. And we are at 30 domestic violence homicides.One of the victims, 27-year-old Cora Nickel, a mother of a five-and-eight-year-old, was found dead at her Northwest side home by the older child Thursday. Neighbors say Nickel had only lived at Maverick Draw home for a few months and that Izquierdo, who often appeared hostile, would come and go. I didnt want to, hesitated.While nothing can bring Nickel back, members of the commission are hoping to spread the word about ways to help prevent future domestic violence tragedies.
City Recommends 5 Projects Aimed at Domestic Violence Prevention
The City recommended five projects Thursday that will address current gaps in services and strategies aimed at stopping violence before it starts. YWCA San Antonio had the highest scoring proposition and was recommended for $272,222 to fund school-based teen violence prevention programs in San Antonio and Edgewood independent school districts. The Bexar County Family Justice Center Foundation would receive $330,552 to address high-risk domestic violence incidents. Texas RioGrande Legal Aid was recommended to receive $226,726 to go toward pro-bono representation for survivors of family and intimate partner violence. Projects recommended for funding were selected by an evaluation committee that included representatives from the City of San Antonios human services and health departments, the San Antonio Police Department, and the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation.therivardreport.com
New Campaign Targets San Antonio's Domestic Violence Epidemic
click to enlarge YouTube / City of San AntonioCouncilwoman Shirley Gonzales appears in the city's "Love Is" public service announcement. City officials this week launched a public awareness campaign about domestic violence called "Love Is. "The campaign seeks to educate community members about abusive relationships and resources available to escape them. At its center is a public service announcement showing Mayor Ron Nirenberg and members of city council talking about what love is and isn't. The Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence is expected to release its recommendations later this month.Last year, 29 people in Bexar County died at the hands of partners, the highest number on recent record.sacurrent.com