San Antonio: Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence Releases Cumulative Progress Report and Strategic Plan

SAN ANTONIO (June 18, 2024) ~ The Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence (CCDV) has released its Cumulative Progress Report and Strategic Plan, showcasing the organization's efforts and accomplishments since its establishment in 2019. The report highlights the CCDV's commitment to improving coordination and transforming the community's response to domestic violence.

According to CCDV Co-Chair and District Court Judge Monique Diaz, the commission has prioritized bringing together stakeholders from all sectors of the family violence system. This collaborative approach has resulted in significant progress over the past five years, including improvements to the protective order process, expanded legal services, and the creation of a Domestic Violence Navigation Line.

As stated in the report, some notable achievements include the formation of a workgroup in 2020 that streamlines documentation of service and data collection for protective orders. Additionally, the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) transitioned to a victim-centered model in 2020, providing support through crisis advocates and service providers to minimize re-traumatization during the criminal justice process.

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In 2021, Bexar County established its first Civil Family Violence Prevention Program, offering rehabilitative services for victims and those who have caused harm. The commission also launched a Domestic Violence Navigation Line that connects survivors with available resources through a 24/7 call center.

The CCDV has also focused on community education through initiatives such as the Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Symposium and a domestic violence awareness communications campaign. These efforts have reached over 63,000 community members through public service announcements and distributed over 10,000 decals to local businesses and organizations.

CCDV Co-Chair and Deputy City Manager Maria Villagomez expressed pride in the progress made over the past five years but acknowledged that there is still more work to be done. The newly adopted strategic plan for 2024-2028 will focus on data utilization, communication planning, and promoting healthy relationships.

The CCDV was established in 2019 with a mission to work collaboratively to prevent and effectively intervene in domestic violence and its inter-generational impact. The commission brings together stakeholders from various sectors, including healthcare, law enforcement, education, and non-profits.

The Cumulative Progress Report and Strategic Plan can be found on the CCDV's website. For anyone experiencing domestic violence, resources are available through the Family Violence Prevention Services 24/7 Hotline at (210) 733-8810 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). In an emergency, individuals are urged to call or text 911.

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