San Antonio may consider safe haven drop-off boxes to surrender newborn babies

A San Antonio City councilman wants to explore the installation of “baby boxes” at safe havens like fire stations and hospitals where a newborn child can be surrendered anonymously. Texas’ “baby Moses law” allows a parent to surrender their newborn child in-person at a fire station or hospital. The council consideration request presented by northside […]

Domestic violence murders decline in Bexar County, while calls and cases increase

In August 2021, the Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence launched a domestic violence navigation hotline, one of several efforts to combat family violence. Bexar County District Judge Monique Diaz remembers when and why area leaders decided curbing domestic violence trends needed to be a collaborative effort. In 2019, the Texas Council of Family Violence reported […]

Bexar County Children’s Court continuing to see success with reunification of families

Innovative specialty courts are continuing to see success in reunifying children with their parents after the completion of court-supervised programs. 150th District Court Judge Monique Diaz took over the Early Childhood Court and the Family Drug Court after Judge Peter Sakai retired last year and has continued his work in reunifying families. “We have great […]

TPR: SA’s CCDV Continues Goal to Help Survivors – quoted

If you are in need of support, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has a special 24/7 hotline at 210-207-1878. The National Domestic Hotline is also available at 800-799-7233. When San Antonio and Bexar County’s Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence was created in 2019, the goal was to coordinate separate yet otherwise effective services in providing aid to […]

SA Report: Love and fear should never coexist – quoted

Local leaders and advocates chose Valentine’s Day to remind the community that domestic violence continues to plague San Antonio, but also to tout some recent successes. “I know it might seem a little strange to meet on Valentine’s Day to discuss domestic violence, but we know that domestic violence occurs inside relationships that often start […]

TPR: YWCA purchases St Andrews Convent, will turn into housing, women’s center

The YWCA has purchased a former convent on San Antonio’s West Side and hopes to use it for women’s economic self-sufficiency. The former St Andrews Convent will be transformed into a campus dedicated to helping women out of poverty. The 24 apartments will center women under the poverty line. They will be focusing on women […]

WOAI: Bexar County Courts Match up on dv cases – quoted

SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County Commissioners have taken a major step today to catch up with a huge backlog of domestic violence cases. News 4’s Joe Galli is here for you with the details and how the pandemic has compounded a problem that has lasted for years. Bexar County courts catchup on backlog of domestic […]