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Federal Legislative Agenda 2017

Homeland Security

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Domestic Violence Prevention

Situation Assessment

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly one-third of U.S. women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Domestic violence is associated with an array of health problems. In the short-term, physical violence can result in serious injuries or even death. At least one-third of all female homicide victims in the U.S. are killed by male intimate partners.



The City of Laredo’s recorded homicides in years 2014, 2015, and 2016 overwhelmingly were domestic violence related. The predominantly below poverty level that is present in the community raises the risk or presence of domestic violence in households. Many of these households include families of predominantly Spanish speaking only victims who do not understand or trust law enforcement for help. Many of the victims do not go to emergency shelters and do not convey the outcry for help to immediate family.



The Laredo Police Department is seeking funding for Domestic Violence prevention programs with a major component that includes collaboration with various community partners. These partners include other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, community coalitions, fraternal and civic organizations, youth-serving organizations, state and local governments, and school districts.


Target Agency

U.S. Department of Justice



Raymond E. Garner
Chief of Police
4712 Maher Avenue

Laredo, Texas 78041

Phone: (956) 795-2899

Fax: (956) 795-3120