Local domestic assaults began increasing in 2014, and, in 2019, were at a ten-year high. By 2020, San Antonio had a 43% increase in family violence over 2010. Tracking family assaults and child abuse and neglect is contingent upon reporting and confirming cases, which can lead to undercounting. As such, in 2021, SA2020 changed this measure to track family violence-related homicides.
After a 33% increase over 2019 in reported homicides in 2020, there was a decrease of 33% in 2021. Some homicides are still active investigations and reported data could change.
The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) releases an annual report, Honoring Texas Victims, which presents an annual fatality review of victims killed by intimate partners. It pays tribute to Texans who have lost their lives by memorializing their story and offers an analysis of data drawn from these tragic losses. In 2021, 204 Texans were killed by their intimate partners.
According to The South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH), 12% of people experiencing homelessness during their annual Point-In-Time Count in 2022 were experiencing homelessness due to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
The Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence, is a joint City/County commission dedicated to reducing family violence. They released their second annual report in 2022.
The National Domestic Hotline offers confidential support 24/7/365 at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233). If you suspect child abuse or neglect, you can report it by calling the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400.