District Attorney George Gascón Launches Ad Campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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October 1, 2014

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District Attorney George Gascón Launches Ad Campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón was joined by domestic violence advocates, community partners, and members of his office’s Domestic Violence Unit to unveil a Muni Bus ad campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The theme of the campaign “Love Shouldn’t Hurt,” promotes support services for domestic violence survivors provided by the District Attorney’s Office.

 

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DV 2014 ad 

 

“Domestic violence is most often a crime that occurs behind closed doors. Victims fear their abuser and are often afraid of coming forward,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “These ads are a reminder that abuse is not part of a loving relationship.  Should a person find themselves in an abusive relationship, my office is here to help and empower survivors.”

 

District Attorney Gascón stated that while San Francisco has made significant progress, there has been an increase in domestic violence cases and felony domestic violence prosecutions over the last few years.  To address the increase, the District Attorney expanded the office’s Domestic Violence unit with funding from a supplemental budget from the Board of Supervisors last year. Now all 21 members of the unit – prosecutors, victim advocates, investigators, and paralegals – work as a cohesive team to ensure the critical needs of each victim are met. 

 

 "San Francisco must keep domestic violence awareness in the forefront,” said Beverly Upton, Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Consortium.  “Because domestic violence often goes unreported, it is important that we continue to strengthen the partnership between community based organizations and law enforcement to remind survivors there is help and that they’re not alone.”

 

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office partners with organizations such as the Domestic Violence Consortium, La Casa de las Madres, the Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic, Glide, Mujeres Unidas, and Cameron House to provide domestic violence survivors a safe place to report crime and access services.  Domestic violence survivors can get help with filing a restraining order, information about child support options, counseling, help with victim compensation claims, assistance and support while going through the criminal justice system, and seeking restitution from the offender.

 

Victim Services Advocates from the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office hold office hours in the Mission, Bayview, the Tenderloin, and at the Hall of Justice to provide services to domestic violence survivors and anyone who has been a victim of crime. 

 

Over 2000 bilingual ads in English, Chinese and Spanish will be displayed inside Muni buses for domestic violence awareness month.

 

Office of the District Attorney Victim Services Hours:

Hall of Justice – 850 Bryant Street

Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm

 

Child Support Clinic

1st and 3rd Mondays, 9am to 11am

 

Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic

Tuesdays, 1 to 5pm

 

La Casa de las Madres

Thursdays, 8:30am to noon

 

Mission - Mujeres Unidas, 3543 18th Street

Wednesdays, 11am to 1pm

 

Chinatown – Cameron House, 920 Sacramento Street

Wednesdays, 9:30am to noon

 

Bayview –YMCA, 1601 Lane Street
Thursdays, 2 to 5pm


Tenderloin – Glide, 330 Ellis Street

3rd Fridays of each month, 10am to 12:30pm

 

For more information about victim services, go to www.sfdistrictattorney.org

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