Community Safety

In 2020, San Antonio is the safest big city in America.

The Result

Public safety officials, city staff and residents collaborate through strong, engaged community neighborhood networks to reduce crime and promote a thriving and law-abiding San Antonio.

The city’s proactive prevention programs, responsive enforcement efforts and high state of disaster readiness result in low levels of crime and a high sense of personal safety.

Learn More
  • Collateral Consequences: The Crossroads of Punishment, Redemption, and the Effects on Communities from June 2019 can be found online.
  • The Rape Crisis Center provides 24-hour crisis intervention, free and confidential counseling, and a community-wide prevention education program. The 24-hour support line number is 210.349.7273.
  • Family Violence Prevention Services, a local agency, offers residential and non-residential clients shelter, transitional housing, counseling, and legal services. Their 24-hour emergency shelter services and hotline can be reached at 210.733.8810.
  • The City of San Antonio commissioned The Status of Women in San Antonio Report to examine the status of women in San Antonio today. A variety of data sources were used to analyze the standing of women in San Antonio on dimensions such as health and well-being, education, crime and violence, and economics. Released in May 2019, the report trends data from 2012-2017 and compares women in San Antonio to those of Austin, Dallas, and Houston.
  • The City of San Antonio Comprehensive Domestic Violence Plan: Love Is… lays out a five-year strategy for reducing family violence in San Antonio.
  • The City of San Antonio 2018’s San Antonio Community Report is available online through the Government and Public Affairs Department.
  • For trainings and more information about Community Safety Trainings, visit the San Antonio Police Department’s website on Citizen Participation programs.
More of the Story

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies intimate partner violence as a serious and preventable public health problem. We know that family violence is not an isolated indicator and must be understood alongside employment, as well as income and cost of living. According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, intimate partner violence can happen to anyone; however, it disproportionally affects people of color; women; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people; and people with disabilities.

The San Antonio Police Department provided de-identified geocoded family violence case data that was assigned to exact city council districts based on the address of the case. There were 109 cases with incomplete addresses. The total number of family violence cases for 2018 was 13,026. This is not a count of victims, but total cases with an SAPD case number assigned. The following graph shows the number of cases relative to population.

Rate of Family Violence Cases by Total Population by San Antonio City Council District per 10,000

2018 | Source: San Antonio Police Department and US Census Bureau American Community Survey 2018 5-Yr Estimate, Table B01003

Community Safety Partners

46% of SA2020 Partners impact Community Safety. 

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