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Opinion: San Diego Provides Support and a Safe Place for Victims of Domestic Violence (CA)
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
- Times of San Diego
Opinion: San Diego Provides Support and a Safe Place for Victims of Domestic Violence
"The Nov. 16 murder-suicide in Paradise Hills illustrates the critical importance of early action to protect domestic violence victims and their families before violence escalates. A 29-year-old mother and four of her children — ages 3, 5, 9 and 11 — were shot and killed in the culmination of a father’s ongoing campaign of harassment and terror.
The tragedy has re-focused the community’s attention on domestic violence and highlights the importance of a safe place where victims can go for help in San Diego County. It should also remind us all that police should be called when there’s violence or a direct threat of violence.
The San Diego County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team tracks all domestic violence-related homicides, and our county averages 13 a year. Even one homicide is too many. That’s why we must remain vigilant in our efforts to spread awareness around this public health and safety issue.
Last year, more than 17,000 domestic violence reports were made to law enforcement. In the face of this ongoing threat to our families, friends and neighbors, two entities stand together to prevent domestic violence and protect victims and their children. The San Diego City Attorney’s Office and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office want victims to know there are life-saving resources available to them.
One incredible resource is the San Diego Family Justice Center. Every year, thousands of San Diegans come through the center, a safe place where domestic violence victims and their children can reclaim their lives, seek justice, and begin healing. The center, part of the City Attorney’s Office, brings together community partners, including therapists, pro bono attorneys, forensic medical nurses, domestic violence advocates, military liaisons, prosecutors, and the San Diego Police Department all under one roof..."