Bexar County judicial system calls for self-review of family violence cases
The Bexar County Judicial System is ready for accountability when it comes to their collective handling of family violence cases. That accountability has been demanded by the county and some of the judges themselves, with direction from the Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence.
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.
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.