San Antonio: District 8 Councilman Submits Proposals to Amplify Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking Awareness and Support Resources

CONTACT: Erin Nichols, 210-207-2881

SAN ANTONIO (October 19, 2021) — Councilman Manny Pelaez filed two new Council Consideration Requests to cap off his three policy proposals to address domestic violence and human trafficking in the spirit of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Following the submissions of these proposals, he issued the following statement:

"Despite the countless ways the City and City-related partners touch San Antonio families, we are missing vital opportunities to get essential information out to those who may need it most. Too often after a tragedy, we hear loved ones and friends of the victim say they didn't know how to help. I say, no more.

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My first proposal calls on City staff to develop a plan that would require City departments that conduct public outreach, as well as City-related partners (such as the San Antonio Food Bank, SAWS, and CPS Energy) to distribute informational resources to clients regarding domestic violence and human trafficking.

The second proposal requires that all places of public accommodation (such as bars, restaurants, and hair and nail salons), as well as all City facilities display visible signage that features domestic violence and sex trafficking resources in bathrooms.

Domestic violence is at epidemic levels in our community, and we must do more to eliminate it. The Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence's ongoing work enables steps in the right direction; however, there are more levers we can pull from to ensure San Antonio's most vulnerable have access to the tools and resources to prevent, escape, and recover from family violence and human trafficking."

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