Mesa Family Advocacy Center

The Mesa Family Advocacy Center -- where criminal justice joins forces with helping professions -- where police and social workers, prosecuting attorneys and on-site physicians work together to reduce the trauma of physical and sexual abuse -- where victimization is transformed into empowerment.

 

As the lead agency for the Mesa Family Advocacy Center, the Mesa Police Department has designed a unique, community-oriented, collaborative approach to investigating and intervening in domestic violence, adult and child sexual/physical abuse cases. Working with Child Protective Services, the officers of the Mesa Police Department are specifically trained to be sensitive to, and knowledgeable of, the trauma of family violence cases of sexual/physical abuse of adults and children.

The Mesa Family Advocacy Center has on-scene crisis intervention from trained Victim Services personnel; medical attention is provided on-site to physical and sexual assault victims; and one-time video interviews are done with victims to avoid retraumatization.  Five agencies (government and non-profit) work in complete cooperation, in one location.

In response to enacted legislation, officers housed at the Center are also responsible for notifying and educating the community about the release of convicted sex offenders.

 

The Problem In the United States
  • Over one million victims a year report domestic violence.
  • Violence occurs in half of relationships.
  • Over 700,000 women report being raped or sexually assaulted annually.
  • Two million children are abused in their own homes every year.
  • 1,200 to 2,000 of these children die as a result of the abuse.
  • As many as 10% of the elderly are abused by their adult children.

 

Partners at the Mesa Family Advocacy Center

The office of the Maricopa County Attorney and the City of Mesa Prosecutor's Office have jointly committed to participate in the Mesa Family Advocacy Center to improve the prosecution of misdemeanor and felony cases involving domestic violence, adult and child sexual/physical abuse. Additionally, the County Attorney's Victim/Witness Bureau and the Office of the City Prosecutor's Victim Rights Program provide legal and emotional support to victims throughout the court process.

St. Joseph's Hospital & Medical Center provides on-site medical services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the Mesa Family Advocacy Center for child physical and sexual abuse victims. The Mesa Family Advocacy Center provides a comforting, nurturing environment where medical examinations are conducted in a non-threatening, confidential setting. The medical evaluation involves forensic specimen retrieval and testing for sexually transmitted diseases in addition to a thorough physical examination of the patient.

The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Domestic Violence Unit of Scottsdale Health Care provides medical & forensic examinations for adult victims.

The Arizona Department of Economic Security - Child Protective Services, along with the Mesa Police Department Victim Services, provide on-site services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and immediate intervention in cases of child neglect or abuse. Working with the courts, the medical system and the police department, CPS and Victim Services reflect the integrative approach that is the hallmark of the Mesa Family Advocacy Center. - The Arizona Department of Economic Security - Child Protective Services, along with the Mesa Police Department Victim Services, provide on-site services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and immediate intervention in cases of child neglect or abuse. Working with the courts, the medical system and the police department, CPS and Victim Services reflect the integrative approach that is the hallmark of the Mesa Family Advocacy Center. 

 

 

Mesa Police Department
Mesa Family Advocacy Center
PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211
480-644-4075