Domestic violence calls up 24 percent in South Bay

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The number of domestic violence calls in the South Bay has increased dramatically over the last year.

It may be a good thing because it may mean that outreach and education have led more victims of domestic violence to report the crimes against them.

According to SANDAG, abuse calls to Chula Vista police have gone up 24 percent since last year, and the victims come in all sizes.

They seem like typical pre-schoolers, but these children have seen things no child should ever have to see.

They’ve all witnesses or been affected by domestic violence and they learn and heal, at Mi Escuelita Therapeutic School in Chula Vista, run by South Bay community services.

Chula Vista police say their response teams went to 860 domestic violence calls last year.

"The domestic violence calls are the ones where there were witnesses. Often we see it’s the children that see what took place and it impacts them, our goal is to break the cycle of violence," said. Capt. Roxanna Kennedy.

Kids here get therapy and counseling and wrap around services for their families.

And teachers know, a lot of these kids have painful secrets.

Juan Medina knows all too well how domestic violence can tear a family apart.

"Our daughter was brutally murdered by her estranged husband he did it in front of the children, ages 3 and one and a half," he said.

It was more than two years ago when Rocio Duncan was stabbed to death in the parking lot of the Imperial Beach Sheriff’s station, as she was handing her kids to her husband for a court ordered visit.

Marvin Duncan then calmly walked inside and told deputies that he’d killed his wife.

Rocio’s father still feels guilty he wasn’t with her that day, three days before the couple’s divorce hearing.

"I used to go with her to exchange the children that day, February 6th 2013, I had an all day meeting at work and didn’t go," he said.

Medina knows his grandkids, whom he is now raising, will have scars forever, but he is doing his best to hep them and other children who witness tragedy.

"I want the community to do something about domestic violence it’s out of hand. That’s why I’m here," Medina said.

Rocio Duncan’s killer is serving 25 years to life in prison.

And there was a restraining order, according to her father.

Mi Escuelita Therapeutic School has a waiting list of kids who need to get in. 

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