A new report by the FBI says crime rates are up significantly in San Antonio, and a big part of it involved violent crime like the fatal shooting in the 1100 block of Plaza Del Sol yesterday.
The FBI says violent crime in San Antonio is up dramatically over the past two years, jumping 27.6 percent between 2015 and 2016, and half of that increase is happening in the home due to domestic violence.
"It is extremely concerning that the incidents of domestic violence continue to impact and to hurt people in our community," said Marta Palaez, president and CEO of Family Violence Prevention Services.
Palaez added that many are surprised by who the victims of domestic violence are.
"The majority of the victims of domestic violence are not adults. The majority of victims of domestic violence are children," she noted.
On Monday, police shot and killed a man in west San Antonio after police say he was threatening to kill his 15-year-old daughter. Pelaez says that she's certain the three children in that home had been experiencing domestic violence for some time.
"You can only think of what they must have witnessed through their short years," she said. "The 10-year-old, the 12-year-old, and a 15-year-old, in terms of the abuse of that home that culminates with the police having to kill the father."
Family Violence Prevention Services says that anyone needing help, whether they're a in a violent relationship or a child in a violent home, can call them on their hotline at 210-733-8810.
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