skip to main content

Listen

Read

Watch

Schedules

Programs

Events

Give

Account

Donation Heart Ribbon

Domestic Violence Goes Up In San Diego

Audio

Aired 9/30/09

Domestic violence is going up in in San Diego at the same time as services for victims are being threatened.

— Domestic violence is going up in San Diego at the same time that services for victims are being threatened.

Statistics compiled by the YWCA show complaints of domestic violence increased 11 percent across San Diego County this year. William Landsdowne, the San Diego Police Chief, said that trend held true for the City of San Diego.

"In the last six months we were sent to 192 additional domestic violence calls," he said.

Landsdowne and others say this is likely the result of hard economic times and the family tensions they create. Heather Finlay is CEO of San Diego YWCA, which runs the domestic violence shelter Becky's House. She said matters are made worse by dramatic state funding cuts for domestic violence programs.

"For us that is 20 percent of our budget," she said. "Which is a huge chunk to lose overnight."

Finlay said she's hoping for financial help from individuals and foundations.

Comments

Avatar for user 'EarlRichards'

EarlRichards | September 30, 2009 at 6:04 p.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

Schwarzenegger and the Republican state senators are bad news. It is the government's duty to protect citizens and to ensure their well-being. Schwarzenegger and the Republican state senators are not doing this. The funding priority for battered women shelters (BWS) should be the same as for prisons, because human life is at risk. Prisons keep the criminals and the murderers in, and BWS's keep the good people in, and the criminals and the murderers out. The Governor's illegal budget cuts, with the backing of big oil (Chevron Corp. of San Ramon), are very dangerous for women and children, who are victims of domestic violence, and it is sub-human. During a recession, with its higher unemployment, government funding for BWS's should be increased, not eliminated. Obviously, this budget picks-on the most vulnerable, and it endangers children. If a battered wife is murdered in front of a closed-down BWS, then, Schwazenegger, his oil industry tyrants and the Republican state senators should be charged with first-degree murder.

( | suggest removal )

Avatar for user 'lmonaco'

lmonaco | October 1, 2009 at 1:37 p.m. ― 5 years, 2 months ago

Why not take it a step further...? Why should Domestic Violence (DV) or Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) even be tolerated? Why are criminals given more rights than their victims? Women's shelters are important for giving women and children who are or have been victims of DV or IPV a safe place to stay while their predators are allowed to roam free and given the right to continue harassing and tormenting them. Stricter laws need to be enforced, without exception, to treat these predators or abusers as criminals since that's what they are. There should be 'zero' tolerance for their actions. First offense should be a required Anger Management program with psychologist appointed meetings, and if the predator or abuser refuses, immediately throw him in jail. We need to go beyond providing these victims safe housing; they are not completely safe while their predators are allowed to be free while they are not.

( | suggest removal )