Supe urges Newsom not to cut domestic violence services 

Supervisor John Avalos joined domestic violence advocates and groups that provide key services to women who are victims of violence spoke on the steps of City Hall Tuesday afternoon to call on Mayor Gavin Newsom to not propose a city budget that includes cuts to domestic violence services.

“I can’t think of any program that has such an impact on families and their safety, especially knowing that over the years we’ve just been holding the line on basic services that you provide,” Avalos said, referring to the groups who provide such services as legal aid or shelters for women.

Avalos said that about a decade ago, 10 homicides linked to domestic violence were occurring in The City every year, but with more investment that rate has dropped to about two per year.

“It’s critical that we make these investments at this time. I am really looking forward to the mayor releasing a budget that is going to hold harmless cuts to domestic violence services,” Avalos said. “Last year I have to acknowledge and thank the mayor for assuring that there were not cuts to domestic violence services when he presented his budget June 1 of last year.”

Avalos said that cuts would only lead to larger expenses later on. “If e can make this investment in prevention right now we don’t have to pay more later for the intervention that we would have to do as a result of people being injured, harmed or murdered by their partners. So this investment makes so much sense.”

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