Reports of domestic violence, child abuse up in San Francisco 

In fiscal year 2007-08, there were 6,583 domestic-violence 911 calls and in fiscal year 2009-10 there were 7,311. More than half the calls were about a fight or dispute with no weapon involved, according to the 2010 Family Violence Comprehensive report, issued by The City’s family violence council. The most calls were received from those living in the Bayview or Ingleside neighborhoods.

The group was established as a result of a 1995 attorney general mandate for county’s to set up the councils to increase awareness and recommend ways to reduce incidents.  

Reported child abuse incidents are also on the rise in San Francisco, according to the report. In fiscal year 2009-10 there were 564 cases received by the Child Abuse Unit, of which 91 percent prompted an investigation. In fiscal year 2007-08, there were 513 cases, of which 74 percent prompted an investigation.

The report also provides recommendations to reduce abuse and respond to victims. Among them, is that The City should implement an improved tacking system.

“Without real-time information on suspects and victims, all San Franciscans and visitors are at risk,” the report said.

The City has long lagged on implementing what is known as JUSTIS, a high-tech database that would allow real-time information sharing among public safety departments. The report also recommends The City should prioritize funding to address the abuse when it comes to funding.

On Thursday, the Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing on the 2010 Family Violence Comprehensive Report. The hearing begins at 10:30 a.m. at City Hall in room 250.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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