SJPD officers star in anti-domestic violence video

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- The San Jose Police Department has released the first in a series of public service videos to combat domestic violence.

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The first video features a man making a joke about hitting a woman. His friend scolds him and tells him it's not funny.

Uniformed San Jose police officers then make statements like, "Men's silence (on the issue of domestic violence) is as much a part of the problem as the abuse."

The videos were produced with the YWCA.

They're endorsed by domestic violence advocacy groups AACI, Community Solutions, MAITRI and the Alessandra Foundation.

Twenty-seven-year-old Alessandra Barlas was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in San Jose in October of 2015.

Her parents, DiAnn and Rick Beatty, started the foundation to affect change and help other young women.

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They tell ABC7 News they support the videos as an effort to bring attention to the potentially deadly problem of domestic violence.

Just Monday night, a woman was shot and killed at a Denny's in San Jose by a man who then killed himself.

Police say she had a restraining order against him.
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