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with no words when we left we were speech also. >> they were rebellious if you were a par rot. >> what our people endured just shows the strength and heart that we have as a group of people. >> one of the captures captives was indian and rebellious there were fighting for their freedom. >> but they were condemned to death the lower part of ground floor was used as an auction hall at the auction all the females were master this way to the dungeons
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because of somebody's greed you were captured and brought in here where 200 of you stated in this room 200. >> according some were brought out into the open they were partied so that whoever called themselves the governor could pick and choose any of them for his bed. >> standing up in that balcony if you were selected by the governor, of course, water from the ground in the system can be used you to have a bath.
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>> going to the castle i have so many different visions and vibes. >> wisp like any older person and anything that anyone can own you were denied the right forgot about rights. >> be able to feel and touch it it really blew any mind on what our ancestors went through. >> as we talk if we allow ourselves if we allow ourselves we might be used the is that you. >> recuse our height and step down one of the doors. >> when he said that i realized that was recently had been and how people treated other people because of color of their skin. >> you can get up and step
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down one of the doors. >> don't think that it as a bad way the ancestors made it and the struggles didn't make it i felt like a little bit happy about that but sad that a lot of people died and mistreated. >> the door of no return. >> when you got in here you said goodbye to africa if the ship left today you arrived today then certainly for two reasons so come is with only month going another month. >> i never learned it in high school so learn and not taught in the under any circumstances was like wow.
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>> and car back to europe they're bringing commodities from europe and those are room from caribbean where they kept kept the captives the place was busy always busy even when it was in british west africa they were smolik they were smuggling over all period of time from the castle and during the 17 to 18 hundred 10 thousand captives were shipped from only the castle in all it's been estimate about 60. >> the carrier of no rupture.
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>> main. >> man. >> made the passage. >> couldn't stand up kneeling down. >> only 20 percent. >> it was beat neat. >> come closer so let's stay off store and get can news i touched one time i seen our ancestors gastroundergo the door and journey yeah, that was i could see not talking about it right now that slave mentality is throughout period you know the with only way to break the chain break our mentality your
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invisible chains of slaufr. >> i was having a moment the slide we were on the door of no return i was looking at how high and how do our ancestors get down to the ship that was docked and i said how is that young man playing bought and when i got closer i seen they made it themselves a makeshift basket court are brick and shelves actually very exciting being africa shooting a basketball how big is that. >> i'll not separate middle-income from africa bring attention this trip thank you didn't identify microfilm are africans but now that i'm here i
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see that the people here look like me i'm going to try to like unify might have with the people here in africa i'm so used to being a minority in the room but see a whole continent being in rooms with people like me i enjoyed it was fun. >> in the u.s. i'm known as dr. whitaker a ph.d from cleveland and i have a law degree from mash college of law and josh tells me from the bay area we got lebron but it's all good as you guys say i'm a chief in a village about a mile from here since 2004
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the name of vinyl is at tone that translates i've purchased life i've purchased my life so i am free because you have an opportunity your experiencing right now that most of your peers will never understand when is is you're doing right now but you'll have something in our heart you can take back and differentiate between the things you see going on in the hood or in the school or someplace else and especially on scandal and empire eyes and ears and those trash shows you can differentiate within between those things that are not important. >> i enjoyed in castle i have germy like african dr. murase and being in africa and the
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slave castle and being taught how to play the drums that create and innovated that music armed me to work harder at any play. >> yeah. >> the shante and petty tribe the port geese fight against each other it is like the recycle like happening again like how in the bayview people are fighting because of street names or where they're from everyone tells them back then they that fought against each other and not trust each other and it is happening again. >> so i potentially will want to tell my family that. >> they wanted us to feel comfortable they gave us their nicknames that close for us to
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give us a nickname that experience we learned about their ways we didn't teach them how to dance like that and then we got our performance we went through that a couple of times and got in practice thirty minutes and it was showtime's at one practice it was fun to it was wasn't like i didn't want to do this i was like oh, well. >> i seen a lot of me inside of those kids and didn't have anybody to tell me what direction to go or give me information how to be successful or know but or about my culture i was imposed to that and got the finds that was great i changed when i got around the kids having that same intelligence it inspired me to change and not glow the things i
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went through when i was young. >> because they feel like we're all equal here or we're the same people we're all that so they feel like they're our family we should care. >> me and my sister and i learned to which the culture is amazing how much people smile they're going through like all the no jobs, no clean water, no, like no shoes, no books and pencils by the way, people are still smiling. >> you have to give to receive and nothing leads to nothing we have to come together and create something as people of america
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as african-americans we have to come together and make stuff happen and not - stop the violence where we come from a lot of violence and they need to turn that circle around we're the same people. >> it was just the most greatest trip i've been on like i've not been anywhere more beautiful they looked it as poverty and no housing but people smiling everyday that's what i seen and that is just beautiful. >> you never see that. >> about working together a don't lose sight when you go
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home that is not the end keep it going. >> stay in contact with everything everybody. >> i mean, i on the impact that we have on our kids and be able to change their lives and hopefully, the kids will touch and which was samoans lives all the kids if in bayview should be beating down the door to see this this is you're going to center applications that the officer johnson and jackson are going to be overwhelmed with the amount they'll have i think expand and it being a movement for change especially hsa as a
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relates to bayview and hunters point. >> we face east more west we fast-forward
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>> meeting will come to order.
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welcome to the may 23rd, 2018, rescheduled meeting of the public safety and neighborhood services. i'm supervisor jeff sheehy to my right, is supervisor ronen. also thank charles criminak and tom from sfgov-tv for staffing this meeting. >> silence your cell phones and speaker cards should be mitt -- submitted to the clerk. items acted on will be on the june 25, 2018, agenda, unless otherwise stated. >> today's meeting public comment will be one minute and item number 3 will be called out of order. also, a motion to excuse
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supervisor peskin and supervisor fewer? >> supervisor fewer is not part of the meeting. but supervisor peskin. >> so moved. >> ok. i've spoken with supervisor fewer and their office would like a continuance -- sorry. mr. clerk, would you please call item number 3. >> clerk: 3, resolution urging the sheriff's department and department of public health to conduct a baseline assessment of existing food vendors and evaluate vendor alignment with the good food purchasing standards. supervisor fewer would like a continuance to the june meeting. any members of the public who would like to speak on this item? thank you. public comment is closed.
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motion to continue to june 13th? >> supervisor ronen: so moved. >> supervisor sheehy: motion without agenda, motion passes. please call item number 1. >> clerk: hearing on domestic violence and child abuse with review of the family violence council's findings and recommendations. >> supervisor sheehy: san francisco is the only council with a family violence council, looking at child abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse. only county to publish the family violence data annually. proud to be the board of supervisors representative on the council. one in 12 violent crime calls to 911 involve family violence. it's crucial to give survivors of family violence options, and the number of agencies participating in our family violence council shows diversity of agencies addressing family violence. prevention programming at the san francisco unified school
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district, to screening for partner violence, to batterer intervention programs at the jails. the report helps us see the critical partnership we have with our community-based agency, who in the areas of child abuse and violence respond to many more families than the city age agencies. i would like to call lenosh candell, and also katy albright, and then i don't see beverly. >> beverly is stuck in traffic. hopefully she'll be here. >> supervisor sheehy: also on the list, shauna reeves. >> good morning, supervisor sheehy and ronen, thank you for scheduling the hearing and supervisor sheehy.
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honored to be the department that staffs the family violence council and honored to work with our tri chairs, and the family violence council is an example of a really successful interagency work group here in san francisco that's been able to identify system gaps and sometimes failures and improve the city's response to child abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse. we'll be able to talked to about some of the achievements we have had in the past year and then just to echo your comments, supervisor sheehy about the diversity of our representation, i think we are one of the few councils to include our director karen roy is here, and really innovative programming happening at department of child support services to work with families experiencing domestic violence. so, example of how when you reach out to all city departments impacted you can do really innovative family programming. i would be remiss if i did not
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thank the staff, maggy, hired by the victim services, and lise. the report is data from fiscal year 2015-2016. always a little behind because it takes us a while to put the report together. and so we'll be presenting on highlights on the data and then as well some of the recommendations that the family violence council has put together based on some of what we have seen with the data. so, we are going to go in order of child abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse, and start with katy albright will present the child abuse data. >> thank you so much, supervisors, for having us here todayism from safe and sound and
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will be presenting the child abuse highlights, menush will present highlights unless bev gets here on time, and shauna with elder abuse. and ending violence in the community, in so many ways and so many forum, thank you so much. and equally want to thank the department and the status of women and the leadership of dr. emmy morasi for really moving this effort forward. every good movement needs a backbone organization in the department and the status of women does that. what you read in this report before you get into the child abuse prevention findings, is that this report unlike any other jurisdiction in california is truly connecting the dots between child abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse. and we know there are generational cycles, we know these types of violences are connected, and so the fact we are looking at it holistically is a great public policy improvement in the direction for our county, and that we can
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share with other counties throughout california. in addition, this report uniquely is focussed on prevention. how can we move upstream in our work to end violence before it ever happens. and finally, what you'll see in this report as she said, is it's truly a public-private partnership, that's what makes this so exciting where we can go in the future. we truly all do have a role to play in ending violence. let me turn to the child abuse statistics. a great deal of positive momentum, both on the response side after abuse happens, as well as the prevention side. let me first talk about the response side. there is a general trend that law enforcement is increasing its response to child abuse, investigations from the police department have increased 37% over the prior year, and cases filed by the district attorney's office have increased by 47%. this is mostly due to sexual abuse and child pornography
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cases. equally good news is that we are seeing as a city not only a decrease in the overall rate of child abuse, actually, if you look at the past 15 years, 67 decrease in the rate of substantiated cases of child abuse, impacting all of us, great news. and decrease number of children in foster care, low of 738, decrease over the prior fiscal year. san francisco is being, leading a way in the area throughout the state and huge testament goes to the amazing work of the human service agency for being incredibly intentional how to decrease the number of kids in the foster care system. of concerning news, we are seeing a decrease in the number of reports that have been made by school mandated reporters. safe and sound where i work, however, has been providing significant training over the last few years, training last
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year in this report over 2,000 mandated reporters, and we are seeing 92% of our child serving professionals or saying this they are increasing likelihood to report after having one of these trainings. so, that is good news in terms of raising awareness and ensuring we are identifying who are the kids hurt in the community. let me turn to some more details about where these reports are coming in. as menush said, the community is providing a significant amount of outreach to people who are in crisis, families in crisis. and playing a key role of being in that front end of the work. the top line which is a 24/7 phone support line run by safe and sound provides, and we have been operating for more than 40 years, we provide that sort of first response to families who are in crisis. whether or not they are seeking child care or housing or diapers or any other kind of support, we
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get suicide calls, calls where we are helping families get through the crisis of the moments so they don't hurt their child, and similar to domestic violence as you'll see, we are seeing three times more calls to the talk line than we are to our child abuse prevention response line, which is very good news. we are stopping cases from getting there in the first place. the other prevention component really that has been incredibly supported by the board of supervisors and the leadership of supervisor sheehy in particular, thinking about how we are moving forward on the family resource centers. as you know, there are 26 family resource centers in every community in san francisco. and we are on the front lines providing needed services to improve family's protective factors. parenting classes, diapers, counseling, family dinners, crisis support, case management. whatever families need to keep
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their kids safe. it's an incredible system. i was just in san diego and in phoenix presenting on it. we are unusual in our impact on providing prevention, primary prevention support to families in crisis, and it is happening because of your leadership and because of the leadership of dcyf, first five, and human service agency for blending their funding. so, we are thrilled in that, and it's showing significant improvement. now turn to who are the victims of abuse. and here we know that most children are victims of abuse by people that they know. it's not the stranger. 86% of those who are abused knew who their perpetrator, potential perpetrator was, and overwhelmingly there is a disproportionality, latin, and other people of color.
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seeing that in the numbers coming to the district attorney office, and those coming into the child protection system. it's important to note these are reported cases, these are people who are getting access to services, may already be involved in the system. and that disproportionality is concerning to us. we also know and this relates to national trends as well that more girls are victims of violence than boys. but when we dig deeper into the data, we see that more boys are victims, particularly older boys, are victims of physical abuse, as opposed to sexual abuse and you see that reflected in this graph. next year we'll be doing a deeper analysis of who are the victims of abuse and who are the families that need extra support to ensure that we are preventing
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abuse from happening in the first place. finally, let me focus on a few major achievements in this area, and from 2016, 2017, again, the board was wonderful in its leadership to approve $250,000 to support child abuse prevention funding. that has been extremely helpful, in particular providing legal support to children and families who are in crisis. so, thank you very much for that funding. in addition, several years ago as you know, we have created the children's advocacy center in san francisco, and this is really a wonderful multidisciplinary partnership to provide children at risk who are coming in and telling their story to do it in the most trauma-informed way, and we are very pleased to be doing that work and in addition, not just the forensic interview piece of it, but providing the mental health services so that children can heal. not just get justice, but heal from the abuse that they may have endured. and finally, i want to highlight
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and thank the department of emergency management, it's all about data, we can only do our work if we have data, and the department of emergency management is doing a terrific job in collecting data and also being responsive to the other city departments in terms of getting the resources and that first response that they need. so, i'll turn it now over to menush to provide an update on domestic violence. thank you. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you. >> i know beverly wanted to be here to present this part, i will try to fill in, but nobody can match beverly. so, just in terms of some highlights of the data on intimate partner violence for this fiscal year, one of the most concerning data points, increase in domestic violence calls to 911 that involved a deadly weapon. so, 87% increase in calls
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involving a knife and 53% increase in calls involving a gun. and this directly relates to one of our recommendations which is to create a program at the sheriff's department to actively go after firearms in the hands of domestic violence offenders, want to flag that for now. and stalking calls increase to 911, partly may be, it could be there is an actual increase in stalking or just better awareness about coding the cases properly because when we look back at 2008, 0911 calls about stalking, and we know it was happening then. a lot of work to educate law enforcement and d.e.m. properly identifying the cases. one really positive note, work done by the public health clinics to screen for intimate partner violence. a lot of domestic violence survivors may seek health in the public health system, may not
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actively disclose, so, screening and asking everybody about intimate partner violence should be part of routine practice and we saw significant in skreess at department of public health clinics, female patients had, an increase in 80% of people being asked about intimate partner violence, and for male patients, increase of 201% in the number of people asked. these are not people identified as experiencing, but screened, the first step. as with child abuse, we see that black and latinx residents are disproportionately victimized, and lesbian, gay, bisexual high school students are 2 to 3 times more at risk of physical or sexual dating violence. this is the chart that shows the general san francisco population, race, ethnicity, and then the people who are accessing the victim services at the district attorney's office. just in time.
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i'll finish this slide and then you can take over. and then seeking services in the community, and you can see that african american and latinax residents are disproportionately represented at victim services. when you look at the asian survivors of domestic violence, you'll see they are actually accessing community-based agencies at a greater rate, not at the d.a. it's interesting when you look at the data, you can see where are people of different groups accessing services, and again, this highlights the crucial role that the community-based organizations play in providing services to some communities that may not feel comfortable accessing law enforcement. >> thank you, and thanks for
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doing this. oh, two hours -- >> i was stuck in traffic, too, we started late. >> so, anyway. we have drawn this little pyramid for folks 1,000 times at different venues, right? so, if you really want to look at where the community is calling where they are reaching out, where they speak their language, where they trust us, look at community calls, 21,000. this is 2016, so it will even be more in 2017 and probably way more in 2018 as people feel less and less safe. missing number is 911, about 7,000. but looking at 3,000 going to the police department, look at about half of that actually going up to s.v.u. right? then that's investigated fully at s.v.u. and moves up to the
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district attorney's office. so, when we really look at the pattern, people are really seeking their services unless their lives are really at risk in the community. so we want to bring that forward. also i think you would see the very same trends in child abuse and elder abuse as well. but certainly child abuse with 441 kids hotline, many more calls there than start at law enforcement. p ush pu-- >> so here is some of the highlights. some of the achievements and highlights in the domestic violence response for the city. in 2016-2017, the full list can be found on page 15 of the report. so, hopefully you have a full report. if you don't, i did manage to bring one with me. so, you know, they created and helped disseminate a policy and
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supplemental form to assist medical providers in complying with the d.v. reporting laws. oh, let me just -- ok. so, health care professionals have to report all individuals who are showing up at a hospital with an injury that looks like domestic violence. that's somewhat controversial, right? could it have a chilling effect? could it save somebody's life? the answer is yes to both. so i think menush and the community of people around the table, that means law enforcement and the s.f. general came together and revamped that form to be the best it could be for san francisco under the current law. ok. you can read between the lines there. worked with police department, the district attorney's office and the probation department to create new protocols for special victims units when investigators are called out to a domestic
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violence incident. that's pretty self-explanatory. worked with the superior work and the police department to improve timely entry of d.v. retraining orders and so this was really brought, and you are familiar with the issue, brought from the community. our attorneys, community-based attorneys came to us and said we are having a very hard time getting, you know, people are walking around with a piece of paper they think is protecting them, and it's not in the system yet. so, i am so pleased that the family violence council, perfect for us, right? brought all the stakeholders and problem solved it. meetings with the judges, records department at the police department, set up a whole new protocol and a new email address, those get filed and sent in to the courts and they are logged in at the end of every day. so, that is a lifesaving accomplishment of the family violence council. sheriff's department enacted an officer involved domestic
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violence policy to ensure that employees of the sheriff's department who commit domestic violence are properly investigated. so the year before that, we went through the san francisco police department. this 16-17, we got one through the sheriff's department. so, it's -- it's not, it does not take people totally off the job but limits their access to information about the victim, third parties cannot look into the commuter on their behalf. it changes the pass codes so they don't have access through the computers, as safe as we can make it. looked at about eight promising practices from around the country. >> i want to highlight one of the strengths of the family violence council, you can have a great law, or some cases a bad law, but how the rubber meets the road where it makes the difference, so the family violence council, policies and
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protocols not necessarily a new law, but make sure the laws on the books are implemented the best way they can be. >> my colleague from elder abuse is up next. thank you so much. >> supervisor ronen, supervisor sheehy, thanks for having us. i'm very tall, so, honored to be here, presenting with my tri chairs on the family voinz council about elder abuse. i've said it before and say it again. san francisco is so unique in considering elder abuse as part of a spectrum of violence. it is absolutely the truth, but i've not worked in the county yet that has looked at it that way until now, it's my honor to work with both katy and bev and menusha, and the deputy director of the aging adult services here today, i'll be talking about one
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of her departments. so, generally we are seeing an increase in the cases investigated at adult protective services. cases received by a.p.s. have risen steadily, 23% since 2012. and you can see the number there is quite high. so, there is about 7,303 elder abuse cases reported. when it comes to substantiated cases, means there is some evidence to support the report, elder physical abuse cases have increased by 21% since the previous year and also d.a. victim services has increased their load by 44% for elder abuse. the top three types of elder abuse, and defined in california are those 65 and above, self-neglect cases, where the person is unable to care for their own needs, food, water, shelter, clothing, medication and california, elder abuse does not have to be committed by another person necessarily, you can also commit against yourself. so, in san francisco those are the highest number of cases.
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psychological, otherwise known as emotional neglect, or abuse is also quite high in the cases and then financial, and that's the type of elder abuse you are seeing every day now. when it comes to dependent adult abuse, definition is between the age of 18 and 64, with a mental or physical limitation that makes it hard for them to protect their rights or, or carry out their day-to-day activities, self-neglect is also the top type of abuse reported, followed by psychological, and then physical. and yeah, so we are drawing an important distinction between abuse inflicted by others and self-neglect cases. self-neglect are by far the largest category. and when that is occurring, there are over other types of abuse happening as well. again we see people of color disproportionately affected by elder abuse, particularly the
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black and asian communities. so, looking at cases served by d.a. victim services, you will see over a presentation by those two ethnicities. there is a much more even gender distribution for elder abuse than for child abuse. intimate partner violence, it's an issue that affects everyone. however, for the 2017 report, we'll seek to look at the gender of victims across different forms of elder abuse. sexual, physical, financial, this chart includes all abuses toward people over the age of 65, including stranger violence. i want to look a little bit different pyramid, and that cases are first reported to adult protective services in the city as people who work with elders independent adults in the city are required to report, mandated reporters, mandated to report any suspicion of elder
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abuse, independent abuse in the county. so, again, the number is a lot of cases, 7,303 were reported. substantiated cases, 3,302. police department cases, 608, and then cases investigated by s.v.u., 114. we've also had some pretty big achievements. institute on aging, which i am a part, was the co-chair of the family violence council elder subcommittee with the d.a.s office and we accomplished creating a supplemental form used by police officers responding to elder abuse case, modeled on the form by domestic violence case, still in the final stages being approved by the d.a.'s office, we are pleased with it. and d.e.m., prioritized calls
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from adult protective services and child protective services to reduce wait times for city employees that report. so, cases, historically, that have been reported by adult protective services workers have been classified as the priority case, they could be waiting for quite some time to have police officers respond and now they have been prioritized as a, and those were some of our achievements. some other highlights, the full list found on page 15. menusha will talk about the recommendations. >> so, just to conclude, i'm going to talk about some of the recommendations in our report. a lot of them have to do with improving some of the policies or protocols the police department and special victims unit but i am going to focus on the top one, implementing a firearm surrender program, to remove guns from persons with domestic violence restraining orders issued against them. so, we have a great law in
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california that provides when a domestic violence order is issued against someone, including in family court and civil cases, they are required to surrender guns they have and cannot purchase guns or ammunition, but it's not self-executing. it says on restraining order forms they have to turn in their guns. many people do not voluntarily do that. so, we are really wanting to create a program at the sheriff's department to be able to aggressively go after the guns. it's modeled after a gun that the neighbors in san mateo county have, when they see a gun is mentioned, they actively contact the person that the restraining order is issued against and try to get them to give in the guns or go and get them if they are not voluntarily complying, and we would like to see that in the sheriff's department. so as you are looking at the budget, please, please look at that program. these are preventable homicides. not all homicides are easy to prevent. guns and domestic violence are a lethal combination.
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this is a restraining order flag that combination is present and so we should be doing everything we can to get the guns out of the hands of those offenders. i'm going to stop there, but obviously we are happy to take any questions that you might have. >> supervisor ronen: thank you for this incredibly well organized presentation. it was incredibly impressive and i have to say, the family violence council is one of those uniquely san francisco things that makes me so proud of being part of the elected family here. it's just so innovative and so comprehensive and the success shows and all the statistics. i want to thank you so much, menush, for being the backbone of this incredibly innovative program and then to, you know, the three chairs for your excellent work. i wanted to get that out.
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absolutely we have to have this program, and whatever i can do and i know supervisor sheehy feels the same, maybe we should introduce a resolution at the board just saying that this is a cutting edge program that we want to see here in san francisco immediately. as a way to, you know, make it clear that this is a priority for the budget. please let us know if that is something you are interested in and we would be happy to follow up with that. >> we can follow up with you after the meeting. >> supervisor ronen: that would be fantastic. and you know, just from meeting with community groups and coming from an organization working with undocumented immigrants, i know firsthand how important those strong community-based, you know, services and homes where people feel comfortable going, receive culturally
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competent, linguistically competent care and build important are so important for being the backbone of this system. so i just know there's a lot of anxiety in those community-based organizations about budget priorities this year, i have talked to beverly about it quite a bit. i know that the passing of mayor lee has brought along a lot of the anxiety, he was such an amazing champion of your work, and i want to make sure that you have a champion in me and i am with you 150% that this work is crucial. it is effective, and it saves lives. and so i know that that's the same with my colleague, jeff sheehy, but i want you and the community-based organizations to know and say it very publicly that even though mayor lee's
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untimely passing has created a ton of anxiety in the city, that you still have incredible allies on the support of supervisors that will be by you every step of the way, because we know how critical and effective your work is. so, i just had to say that here today, so thank you so much. it was such a comprehensive presentation that i don't have any specific questions, but i really felt important to make those remarks. >> thank you, and thank you for your support. >> supervisor sheehy: thank you, supervisor ronen. and as you noted, i completely echo the support of what you are doing, so keep us in the loop. resolution as well, we'll work together to be champions for. of course, i do have questions. so i just, one is, and i don't know if maybe i'll try to keep them in topic, so, per elder
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abuse, do you look at tenant evictions, one of the things i've heard, and this was talking to the sheriff, actually, who conducts eviction, she actually noted that she will go into, she'll be conducting an eviction with someone who really doesn't have the capacity to really understand, an senior, they don't know what's going on, this whole process is unfolded, and suddenly there is the sheriff at the door and they are gone. so, is that -- i think, and given what we are seeing in evictions, and as we heard a week ago, given some of the landlords we have, the new landlords in town, such as veratos, i'm curious about that. i'm beginning to feel that may be a gap we may need to look at and partner with you.
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>> i come from a fair housing background so evictions are always on the radar. you will hear from jill neilson in a bit about the eviction and self-neglect unit which has my full support and hopefully your full support. i also run the forensic center for elder abuse for the city and county, and a third of the cases involve evictions and gaps in services for those elders who are facing it. i'll let jill answer that question specifically about the program. >> and just before you start, i want to note that supervisor safai has joined us as a member. >> good morning, supervisors. jill neilson. one of the programs we operate, adult protective services and we were fortunate in last year's budget that we received some new staffing resources. we were able to initiate this past summer a new specialized