New report provides insight into family violence in SF

A report released this week intends to give San Francisco a guide for how to better address family violence in The City.

Some key findings in the report released Monday include: There is a greater prevalence of family violence in the Bayview and Ingleside, a streak of 44 months of no domestic violence homicides came to an end in January 2014 and rates of dating violence among transgender public-school students are two to four times higher than for other students.

“Family violence continues to affect tens of thousands of San Francisco residents,” the 2012 and 2013 Comprehensive Report on Family Violence in San Francisco released by the Department on the Status of Women said. Data is collected from various city departments and nonprofit sources.

“This report shines a light on family violence in San Francisco,” Emily Murase, executive director of the Department on the Status of Women, said in a statement.

“We can only address the problem if we know its extent. Tracking and analyzing the data equips us with the tools to work alongside our community partners to intervene in these intersecting family violence issues.”

The report shows that specific areas of San Francisco are more impacted by family violence than others. In 2013, for example, 29 percent of the 8,535 calls to 911 related to domestic violence came from either in the Bayview or Ingleside, which continued a trend from the previous six years.

“One remarkably hopeful note around domestic violence prevention and intervention efforts during these past two fiscal years is the lack of a single domestic violence related homicide in San Francisco during these years,” the report said. “For 44 months, from May 2010 to January 2014, San Francisco experienced an unprecedented streak without a domestic violence related homicide.”

The report highlights several improvements in addressing family violence. Last year, for example, a San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center was opened at 3450 Third St. in the Bayview for abused children to have a more caring place when dealing with the criminal investigations and healing from trauma.

The Police Department responded to 5,078 cases of child abuse in fiscal year 2012-13. The Child Abuse Prevention Center hotline received 15,691 calls. There are about 113,000 children under the age of 18 in San Francisco, according to the 2010 census.

The council, which includes a variety of city departments, could help open up new ways to address family violence. Those include tracking animal abuse incidents as a window into potential human abuse, and potentially training Animal Care and Control officers to understand the issue better.

The report identifies 23 new steps The City is taking to enhance ongoing efforts, which include the San Francisco Unified School District’s commitment to address LGBT dating violence and creating vocational programs for inmates with a history of family violence.

Take a look at the report below:<p

Family Violence Council Report FY 2012-13

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