Mayor Lee on Domestic Violence Awareness Month
“While we have made great strides in the struggle against domestic violence, there is still much progress to be made, and we cannot relent in our efforts. The memories of those affected by these tragic circumstances inspire us to push onward.
In 1980, San Francisco became the first City in California to fund a domestic violence shelter, providing $75,000 for La Casa de las Madres, and our commitment has only grown since this pioneering investment. It is of paramount importance for San Francisco to have healthy, safe and peaceful environments for our families, which is why we have more than doubled our funding for violence against women programs in the last six years, bringing our annual total to $6.8 million.
Still, we must remain vigilant. At the national level, the administration is taking increasingly more steps to erase civil rights protections for women. In San Francisco, we will work to support and protect every one of our residents. Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a moment for our City to reaffirm our commitment to being a safe, compassionate and supportive place for all.”