Here at La Casa, we encourage you to stay informed, join the conversation, and follow the unfolding story of domestic violence allegations against Sheriff Mirkarimi. Regardless of guilt or innocence, the media spotlight on domestic violence creates an important teaching moment. Domestic violence remains a deeply misunderstood issue.
This case is remarkable in that its alleged perpetrator is an elected official and one of San Francisco’s top public safety officers. As a result it is apparently very newsworthy. Otherwise, the details which have been reported are not remarkable. They echo the dynamics of power and control and the hallmarks of domestic violence we see here every day at La Casa de las Madres.
Accountability for abuse should be clear—it is always a person’s choice to use power and control through force, coercion, intimidation, or the threat of violence, and it is the criminal justice system’s job to identify and hold abusers accountable for their choices and their actions. Domestic violence is not a family matter or a private matter. It is a crime, with extremely personal impacts that elicit complex responses. Victims are very often terrified to come forward, afraid to unravel a life they have built, uncertain of the outcome of their cry for help, and concerned about the repercussions of accountability for their abuser.
Our message in this unfolding story is simple. To victims and survivors: Reach out – help is here. Your allegations will be taken seriously, and our job is to access resources to help you stay safe, be independent, and make your own choices. Physically and emotionally, you deserve to be safe. Our services are confidential, and we are here whenever you need us 24/7/365. 1-877-503-1850.
To the community: Stay informed, think critically, and contact us to talk more. We want to be available to talk about what this unfolding story is bringing up for you. 415-503-0500.
Here are links to three of the many stories you can find in the local news media: