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supervisors, supervisors campos and weiner are here and they agree with me that funding for more doors to safety is really important for this city. and you know, i think domestic violence and abuse of loved ones most of the time happens behind doors. so we're trying to open more doors. so it doesn't happen. and that is why we have resources to spend to make sure our prosecutors and our da and police department are working together to make sure that we hold individuals accountable. that is, of course, our criminal justice system. but we also know, given the great work that our department, our status of
women, our great, wonderful community-based non-profits that are working every day, have seen other doors close, and we have opened them up. because we need a school system that educates our youth. violence is not acceptable. it may be good for certain types of sports to hit a ball, but it's never good to hit another person. that is what education door is opened with this funding. we need our health care centers to have their doors opened so we can treat and find those that are abused and help them out of that misery and housing authority to make sure public housing residents don't feel any less than anybody to get treatment and support. we open up the workplace to make sure that we can talk about it, and that reports can be made around domestic violence. our schools, our youth, are there to help us prevent and
to support those who are victims. all of these systems, we are opening more doors with this resource. so i have been proud to work with the board to increase funding. it's not so much about the dollar amount, we actually all have to feel that we have completed every single door opening to make sure we prevent violence. because every time we hear of that fatality, we look upon ourselves and say what did we not do to try to prevent that from happening? that is why we're going to be even more successful. finally, we're in the process of creating a brand-new program. again to connect survivors of domestic violence, who call the police. we want to connect them immediately to an advocate to make sure all of the things are done properly at the very time that person -- that victim is in need. and we're going to do that
with this additional funding. we're using data from the family violence council report to start this program, and we're starting it right in the bayview, because the bayview and the bayview district has the highest call volume of 911 calls related to domestic violence. so let us all keep focused. let us make sure that not only are we making awareness, but we're actually investing in the very programs that will end domestic violence. with that, i'm happy again, tonight, to announce for the fourth time with everybody's support, but especially with the support maybe it's 6 million times support from our san francisco giants tonight, city hall will be lit in purple for the support that we have for awareness of domestic violence. let us all celebrate that and continue with the giants.
thank you [ applause ] >> thank you so much, mr. mayor. next please help me welcome someone who represents the heart of the community, my dear friend, woman warrior, beverly upton with a very special presentation to make to the mayor. >> [ applause ] . >> if you know me you heard me say before i have the best job in the world and now i have the best job in the best city in the world. thank you so much. we're really here today with this letter signed by so many of you that are ending violence against women, violence against children, violence against transgender women's, violence against the lgbt community. we are here to say that we stand together to end domestic violence. we want to take a moment to thank mayor ed lee for his continuing support for raising those dollars for
us, for the board of supervisors, for really making this a priority, and really raising the issue that this hurts everybody who lives in san francisco. so we just want to take a moment to thank you for your continued support, mayor lee. your continued support, and also, may the purple on city hall be a beacon to everyone in san francisco and beyond for safety, justice and healing. thank you so much. [ applause ] >> thank you very much. >> thank you so much, beverly. that is such an important acknowledgment of the city's support. next i want to welcome supervisor scott wiener who stands with us today in the fight to end violence against women. please welcome supervisor
scott wiener. [ applause ] >> good evening. and welcome everyone to san francisco city hall and i especially want to welcome our students from school of the arts and the district that i represent. welcome to city hall. [ applause ] >> thank you. so domestic violence, it's one of those things that it is always present, and it's often just underneath the surface. and i think a lot of times people don't talk about it, and it's very silent, and it's secret, and it's hidden. but it is always, always there, and it is deep and broad and toxic in its impact on our community. and once in a while something happens that brings it to the surface and people finally start talking. that happened four years ago this month in this building when sadly the board of
supervisors, a minority of the board of supervisors made the wrong decision in allowing our sheriff to keep serving. i will just call it out. that was one of those moments when people started to talk, and i remember in the days and weeks after that unfortunate decision, a tragic decision, i really was reminded how broad and deep this problem is. the people that would talk to me about their experience in a relationship, about their experience as a child, observing or seeing one parent abusing another parent, or the experience that they had with a college roommate, or a friend who had been abused. people who haven't been abused, but it has impacted their lives and how many people in this city, in this society have been deeply, deeply affected?
yeah -- have been deeply affected by domestic violence? and so it is so important to talk about it. and not just to sweep it under the rug, or quietly take care of it. we need to be talking about this problem, because that is the only way that we're going to put an end to it once and for all. so let's keep fighting! thank you. [ applause ] >> thank you, so much, scott i want to acknowledge a few senior officials assessor-recorder carmen chu is with us today [ applause ] and if you might hold your applause, we also have list liz and jackie and police commander greg and adult probation chief karen fletcher, if we could give them all a big round of applause. [ applause ] i also want to thank mayor's
deputy chief of staff paul henderson and our budget analyst laura bush who joined us today and chief fletcher asked me to make one quick announcement to save the date for friday october 28th, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the adult probation department is supporting veterans and survivors of family violence from trauma to healing from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and please join us there. i would like to if any introduce the deputy health director at department of public health and please help me welcome dr. chan. [ applause ] >> thank you emily. i just want to spend my five minutes just giving a little bit of the data that reflects supervisor wiener's and the mayor's sentiments about us
coming together. the mayor's sentiment and also the underlying prevalence that we all know is in san francisco and most of us know that the prevalence one in three women have been victims of intimate partner violence and in san francisco we know among our most vulnerable women, those in nine-months of pregnancy, there is a wide disparity in ethnicity, as well as socioeconomic class. so amongst those who are most stressed, those in poverty. the prevalence is 11%. that is about three times higher than those who are not in poverty. so that really speaks to the increasing gap between the haves and have nots in san francisco and what that does to all of us. i'm in public health and i'm a pediatrician and tell you
this issue profoundly affects women and children. this prevalence of domestic violence experienced by low-income women and women of all classes, causes an increase in coping and reactive behaviors and that is why we have this link in intimate partner violence causing a four-fold risk -- increased risk in drug use, five-fold risk in depression and of course, increased risk of suicidality and it affects babies too. women who are experiencing intimate partner violence are three times more likely to have a baby born pre-term or low-birth weight. so this all attributes to life course of consequences in child abuse and neglect and drug addiction. but there is hope in the health community and research we now recognize and
understand that your interventions are aeffective. primary care intervence and community-based interventions are effective and it's more and more important that we come together, integrate our community programs and health services. so that we can better address this issue as an entire community. one great example is that our county hospital led by many of you advocates, and internal medicine physicians, dr. lee kimberg, who has received a federal grant, the arise grant. that really builds upon the partnership of san francisco general hospital, ucsf, bay area legal aid, la casa, against violence and trauma recovery center to provide integrated screening, counseling, quality counseling, and effective referrals to all of the women who go through our county health system.
so this type of integration we feel is very promising. it's a national leader and it's becoming a national model of how we in san francisco can integrate our services better to serve our most vulnerable population at their most vulnerable times. thank you very much for all you have your service. [ applause ] >> thank you very much, dr. chan and i want to acknowledge kathy, who is here representing sheriff vicky hennessey and our assessor-recorder carmen chu would like to say a few words. >> thank you, i serve as san francisco's elected asesor and i'm so honored to stand with beverly and with you, emily and all of our community partners to bring awareness to domestic violence. my comments will be short. when i stand here today i see how wonderful it is to see over the 100 people here all behind us, but also in front of us. who came out because they
understand just how important this cause is, to bring awareness. and i know that here we have 100 people already who know that they can each play a role when they see domestic violence happening, or they are worried that domestic violence might be happening, that they are going to do something. that we all take a pledge to do something about it and to make sure that our loved ones aren't suffering alone. emily was just telling me there are a ton of resources that are available and listed on the department on the status of women's website and encourage everyone who cares about this issue to please take a look at it and if you know anybody of your friends or any of your family who is going through something and not ready to take about it, please be a shoulder and please share with them all the ways that we might we able to help them. i think that is the only way we're going to end domestic violence with that, congratulations emily on
your tireless leadership year in and year out [ applause ] . >> >> thank you carmen and i want to next introduce carmen chung and gabby, high school seniors who participate in the young asian women against violence project of the community youth center. let's give it up for carmen and gabby. [ applause ] >> hi my name is gabby. >> hi, my name is karlen and we're from the leadership program called young asian against violence. we dedicate -- it's a program dedicated to positive empowerment and development of api high school youth young asian women in san francisco and to strengthen resilience, pride, healing and knowledge of young asian women to advocate for the end of domestic violence in our community. we educate about violence against women through
creating and for thiating workshops and education creates long-term effect rather than a band-aid solution and enable using to create a foundation of change. >> together we stand in solidarity with the 15-year-old meadows who was incarcerated for defending herself and her family from her abusivefather and today is the day of her court hearing and instead of being given a safe space to heal she is being isolated from her community and loved one as she faced prosecution. it angers us to see one of our own peers for being punished for defending herself. >> why are systems that are supposed to protect us harming us? as youth, our experiences are often invalidated. we have few opportunities to speak up for ourselves. we are disempowered. there are limited resources and space for healing and safety. and it's really rare for us to find the resources .
. it} n a society where youth hold less power than adults we need spaces to be heard and four survivors to be visible and validated and providing a space for young women to share their ideas and experiences and create and opportunity to heal and grow from trauma. youth are capable, but we need a community willing to stand with us in times of need, rather than turning away. the end of the violence starts with us. >> we urge you to keep your ears open to the voices of youth. to keep your mind open, to learn. to keep your heart open to our experiences. we urge you to stand in solidarity to stand with survivors of violence. [ applause ] >> thank you carmen and gabby, we have a whole crew here from community youth camp center. if you want to
wave, i want to invite the sheriff's department to talk about the positive reapered of sheriff hennessey, please welcome dahlia [ applause ] . >> good afternoon everyone. again i'm davila the survivor restoration director for the san francisco sheriff's department and as i look out at all of you, i'm reminded once again how important it is for our community to come together to support survivors of domestic violence. i have had the honor in working in our sheriff's department for over 20 years, and proud to be in the position that i am as the director of our program for the survivors. i would just like to take a moment to share how the sheriff's department has supported innovative programs for domestic violence survivors over the years and
continues under our new sheriff vicki hennessey to not only provide those same services, but also we have enhanced them. many of you in the audience, i know, know about our resolve to stop the violence program, our rsvp program that was started in 1997. yes, it's been 20 years. and it's still here, going strong. but it was the first justice program that specifically worked with male offenders who have violence documented in their criminal history. particularly domestic violence and again, that program is still going strong today. in fact, with our court collaborations in 2015 rsvp participants that were in custody for domestic violence increased 93%, which was a substantial increase from 2014, which was only 20%. the sheriff's department also has our out of custody
community programs utilizing the violence prevention program man alive, which is used in both our community programs and in custody programs. while we do need programs to hold offenders accountable and to give opportunities for them to change their behavior, we need to equally and more so provide services for our survivors of domestic violence. the san francisco survivor restoration program which i have been honored to be with over 20 years, provides services for survivors through their own process of restoration, empowerment and providing opportunities for them to contribute to the development, implementation, and evaluation of all the key components of the program. as we know, as we all know the importance of having survivor voices at all of our takes. tables and we offer with our sister community agencies many of whom are here today direct crisis services through the response program
along with our empowerment groups which is under our survivor empowerment program and i would like to give special acknowledgment to my staff here and my team, that together with their fierce advocacy in 2015 as we supported 65 survivors who obtained their visas and six granted political asylum and permanent residency and db survivors graduating from our empowerment program. our newest program in the sheriff's department is our survivor in custody program. a reentry program that we make contact with incarcerated survivors of domestic violence, and provide resources which are trauma-informed and culturally-responsive to the many challenges that they face. these services are also provided for our incarcerated db transwomen, stalk and
trafficking victims. i will just end with this quote, one of my favorites from helen keller, that i love and it's just simple as to say," alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much." and when i look around with all of the agencies here, and the hard work in changing our systems together we can definitely make a change. thank you. [ applause ] >> thank you so much, dahlia. i just want to acknowledge a couple of staff people who are here, alden from assembly member ting's office and i want to acknowledge the family violence counsel chair katy albright who here as well. next up is the community education at las casa delas madras that opened as the first domestic violence
shelter in the state of california and only the second in the nation. please welcome cara. [ applause ] >> i'm going to put this down, but i was holding the door to shelter. good evening, it's wonderful to be here with all of you standing in support of domestic violence survivors. over 40 years ago we began as a small shelter for battered women in san francisco and today la casa is still providing emergency services to women and children in need through confidential shelter and 24-hour crisis line. we also provide counseling, case management, support groups, a teen program and legal services at our jobs center on mission street four of our advocates work as the only two women-specific supportive housing sites in san francisco, providing emotional and practical support to over 150 female residents.
this partnership is entering its 18th year. la casa also had the opportunity to extend our support services in san francisco by providing targeted programming to specific populations alongside amazing community partners. i would like to highlight four of these programs today: first we're pard to be pard of zuckerberg san francisco gener hospital and la casa advocate is on-site to meet with patients that dispose instances of intimate partnership violence to their physician and providing danger and risk assessment, safety planning, grief counseling and resources and referrals. this individual will also provide training on intimate partner violence to health care professionals. second, funded by the department on the status of women, co-located at san francisco housing authority. as many of us know survivor safety challenge is navigating the public
housing system in san francisco. we work to ensure they have safe places to life and raise their families. our advocates at the housing authority also educate property management and support staff at housing sites across the bay area and to incidents of domestic violence on-site. third, there is say la casa advocate at 850 bryant street and follows up on police reports of domestic violence to provide the survivor with resources, referrals and support. and finally, as mentioned earlier, in partnership with the department, glide, will have a advocate responding to all domestic violence situations. these four programs allow our staff co-located at the hospital, sros, the housing authority, hall of justice
and bayview to provide advocacy, support, resources and referrals to survivors. survivors that are navigating complex processes made even more challenging by experiences of trauma. we're proud at la casa to be part of the first line of response to survivors of domestic violence and proud to serve as a continued support system to survivors on their path to healing. and of course, we're proud to be part of a community of organizations, many of whom are here today, working tirelessly to end domestic violence in san francisco. thank you. [ applause ] >> thanks so much, cara. i want to acknowledge the executive director of la casa, kathy black is in the audience and we have another co-chair of the council is here and our last speaker is commissioner on the status
of women, olgareyerson, our newest commissioner who joined us after retiring after a o-year career much of working as mayor lee's invaluable aassistant and please women the commissioner on the status of women, olgareyerson. >> thank you [ applause ] . >> good evening everyone. thank you so much for coming to this important event. we gather annually in october to recognize domestic violence awareness month, to celebrate how far we have come and to renew our efforts on what we still need to do to end intimate partner velocity. violence in 2015 the department of emergency management received 18917 calls related to domestic violence. one in 13 violent crimes calls are family violence related and in 2015 domestic violence was the second most violent crime to which the police department responds.
during that same time our community partners received over 21,000 calls to their domestic violence hotline, nearly three times as many as 911. this shows the importance of having multi-faceted response to domestic violence. many survivors may not want to involve the criminal justice system and so we must ensure that we open many doors to safety so that different systems can assist survivors of domestic violence to be safe. today we have heard from our health care system, and the wonderful work at the department of public health and san francisco general hospital and we heard from our community-based service providers who provide counseling, shelter, legal services and advocacy and we heard from our peer educators who provide intervention services by working with youth to help teach healthy relationship skills and heard from our colleagues at the sheriff's department, who do
not just house domestic violence offenders, but provide programs to victims and perpetrators of abuse in our jails and of course we heard from our city leaders who help ensure that we fund our public agencies and the commission on the status of women is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year from our earliest years we have focused on responding to domestic violence. the first program we funded was la casa delas mad res. as you heard earlier it was the first domestic violence shelter in california and the second in the united states. how amazing is it that we have gone from one $75,000 grant for one program to our now over $6 million in funds to 27 different agencies? but our work is going on. in the past two years there are been four domestic
violence-related homicides each year, two out of those four domestic violence homicides in 2015 involved guns. we cannot stop our work until no one is killed by an intimate partner. thank you for joining us. together we will one day end domestic violence. [ applause ] >> thank you so much olga. i want to acknowledge jeff the head of the department of homelessness and supportive housing, who has joined us. to close our event today, i want to introduce the ensemable that will sing a piece that fits to music a text by the famous african-american poet audrey. please give up fo