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Report: San Diego sees 70% increase in domestic violence crimes involving firearms

The San Diego Police Department headquarters is shown in this updated photo.
Milan Kovacevic
The San Diego Police Department headquarters is shown in this updated photo.

There were several disturbing numbers in this week’s report on crime in San Diego.

In addition to an overall 13% increase in all areas of crime over last year, a few statistics jumped significantly — including vehicle thefts and hate crimes.

Among those big jumps was an increase in domestic violence crimes involving firearms.

The report presented to the San Diego City Council this week found crimes involving domestic violence and guns increased 70%. This increase comes despite state laws aimed at taking guns away from abusers.

Jessica Yaffa, a former president of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council and current president of the organization NoSilenceNoViolence, joined Midday Edition on Thursday to explain the marked increase in domestic violence cases.