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Victims of domestic violence in East Palo Alto might soon be able to get the help they need without having to seek programs outside of the city.
Currently, anyone who calls the East Palo Alto police to report domestic abuse are referred to Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (commonly known as CORA), which serves San Mateo County.
But, city residents, who seek help for domestic violence, might soon find help closer to home. At its next city council meeting on October 18, the East Palo Alto City Council might consider a recommendation to use Measure C funds to establish a program in East Palo Alto to aid local victims of domestic abuse.
Measure C is a parcel tax that East Palo Alto voters approved in 2006 for the purpose of funding local programs that focus on the prevention of crime and violence in the city.
In his reports to the city council during past meetings, Council member Ruben Abrica announced that he has been working with San Mateo County representatives, the East Palo Police Department, and CORA to determine the level of assistance needed within East Palo Alto for domestic violence victims.
According to Abrica, the number of calls regarding this issue has increased in the past two years, and he said, “It struck me as a lot.”
When asked how many domestic violence calls the East Palo Alto Police Department receives per day, East Palo Alto’s Police Chief, Albert Pardini, stated that the department receives about 10 calls per day, which could mean that on a daily basis, the department receives “approximately 3,650 calls each year" reporting domestic violence. But these calls include “everything from arguments that can lead to domestic violence to actual domestic violence, ” Pardini said.
Pardini explained that the most common case of domestic abuse involves a male aggressor and a female victim, but a female aggressor is not unheard of.
“In either of these scenario’s,” Pardini said, “there can be emotional or physical abuse involving children,”
Abrica hopes that the new program, which will be proprosed for the city at the council’s upcoming meeting, will address the cases that have fallen through the cracks as well as focus on prevention.
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