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SAN FRANCISCO (BCN / CBS SF) – San Francisco regulator Catherine Stefani announced Tuesday a voting initiative for the June 2022 elections aimed at expanding services to victims of domestic violence and other crime.

The initiative would create the Office for Victims ‘and Witnesses’ Rights, as well as the right to civil assistance for victims of domestic violence.

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Stefani said that given the rise in certain types of crime in the city, such as burglary and murder, the vote initiative is urgently needed as the options available to victims are often limited.

“We are here because we know that Crime victims of San Franciscans are not getting the help or assistance they need and deserve. Every week I get letters from voters who are in the worst circumstances of their lives and who do not know where to turn, ”Stefani said.

“Unfortunately, the city’s response was not as urgent as I think it should be. The victim services are divided into several departments, each with their own tasks and mandates. This leaves the task of navigating the complex urban bureaucracy to the victims when they are least able to, and that has to come to an end now, “she said.

According to Stefani, once established, the Office for Victims and Witnesses would be a “one-stop shop outside of law enforcement agencies where victims can get the help they need”.

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In addition to comprehensive services, the office will also help identify service gaps and advocate new ways of helping victims.

The Office will also be tasked with exercising the right to civil law assistance for victims of domestic violence, helping victims to obtain full legal representation through grant funds on matters such as child support or custody, protection orders, housing, employment, and immigration issues said Stefani.

Several supervisors support Stefani’s initiative, including supervisors Ahsha Safai, Matt Haney, Myrna Melgar and Rafael Mandelman.

“Providing legal assistance to domestic violence survivors is an important tool that has been missing here in San Francisco,” said Safai. “This is an important initiative and I think it will do a tremendous service to the 90 percent of victims who are not eligible for victim assistance today. Having a single office to solidify this and to be the catch basin and guide people through the bureaucracy will be a tremendous help. “

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“No victim should be alone with this,” said Haney. “Many of the victims of crime do not want to deal with the judiciary. They may have language barriers, they may have immigration status concerns and our city needs to support them 100 percent. ”

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