cityhall3.jpgSan Francisco will dedicate an additional $250,000 to help underserved groups fight domestic violence.

The funding will go toward support of anti-human trafficking efforts, as well as outreach and services to limited English proficient lesbian, bisexual, and transgender-identified individuals and girls, according to the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.

The funds are also being made available to support facility upgrades, emergency supplies, and staff development.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved an additional $250,000 in funding for victims of domestic violence, bringing the total investment by the city to an all-time high of $3 million.

The funding is a one-time increase earmarked for underserved groups. This investment comes on top of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s two-year commitment to protect current levels of funding to fight domestic violence.

All 24 San Francisco agencies funded by the Violence Against Women Prevention & Intervention Grants Program will receive a 10 percent increase in funding, according to the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women.

Dr. Emily Murase, the Executive Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, said the investment would help partner agencies to fight for women’s lives.

“We are working closely with these community partners to keep domestic violence homicides at the historically low levels of 1 and 2, down 80 percent from a decade ago,” Murase said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Department on the Status of Women released a report last week that highlighted the need to better serve school-age lesbians who suffer from depression and attempted suicide.

The Department’s Girl Report and a comprehensive directory of services for women victims of violence and their families are available at:

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News

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