The San Francisco Chronicle reported that cases of domestic violence rose sharply in San Francisco from mid-2010 to mid-2011, according to a draft report prepared by the city. The report also showed a spike in phone calls to domestic violence crisis lines in the first quarter of 2012, which coincided with Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s arrest on charges of domestic violence. The Chronicle asserted that such an uptick in calls, coincidental or not, disproves the claim that media attention to the sheriff’s case would scare abused women into silence. Read more here.
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