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New SJPD/YWCA Campaign Aims to Stop Domestic Violence & Child Sexual Abuse
Filed under Press Release, on 4/23/2020 7:00:00 AM by Author: Officer Gina Tepoorten #3103.



New SJPD / YWCA partnership campaign aims to stop the spread of domestic violence and child sexual abuse during COVID-19.

On Thursday, April 23, 2020, a new series of public service videos, co-produced between the YWCA and SJPD, will use paid ads on social media platforms funded through a YWCA grant. In addition to running the PSAs, we will target additional paid ads to areas where we see spikes in reported abuse.

The PSAs contain messages for abusers, adult and child victims highlighting the resources for survivors that continue to be available during the shutdown and the consequences for abusers from a criminal justice system that remains fully operational.

San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said, “While we have not seen spikes in these crimes as of yet, we would like to be proactive in our approach. We know being sheltered at home may not be a safe place for everyone, so it’s important that we let our community know abuse will not be tolerated and all the systems are still in place to assist anyone being harmed at home.”

Tanis Crosby, CEO of YWCA Silicon Valley said, "It can be difficult sometimes to let yourself believe that you are experiencing domestic violence – because you love and depend on your partner, and you might be scared about what life might be like without them. This campaign highlights that just like COVID-19, the signs of domestic violence and sexual assault aren’t always clear to others or even ourselves. We want to make sure our community knows that the YWCA is here to support you. Contact the YWCA, 24/7 and connect with a confidential advocate. We are here to help – during this pandemic and always.”

The first three series of videos (one also provided in Spanish) are available to view below.

Each video will also be posted on both the SJPD and YWCA’s social media pages beginning Thursday, April 23, 2020. 

Facebook @SanJosePD @YWCASV
Twitter @SanJosePD @YWCASV
YouTube @SanJosePD YWCA Silicon Valley

BY: Officer James Gonzales #3771 AUTHORIZED BY: Sgt. Enrique Garcia #2936
DATE: 4/23/2020 TIME: 7:00 AM DATE: 4/23/2020 TIME: 7:00 AM


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