Intimate Partner Violence remains an epidemic which affects families on a daily basis. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office Domestic Violence/Child Abuse Unit is tasked with investigating family violence in a swift and assertive manner, as immediate intervention is often necessary to protect victim’s, which often include children. Currently, Investigators utilize their specialized expertise and training, with the specific responsibility of protecting victims from violence which all too often goes unmentioned and unnoticed within our society. This unit conducts significant investigations which result in the arrests of offenders who perpetrate violence against both adult and child family members.
Understanding that 30%-60% of intimate partner violent offenders also abuse their children, the connective link between familial violence and child abuse is strong. The Domestic Violence/Child Abuse unit is charged with breaking the cycle of violence which can cross generations, races, and socio-economic boundaries. Ending the revolving door of violence is required as nearly 1 in 4 women will experience intimate partner violence in their lifetime, and children who witness or experience violence within the home are dramatically more likely to either abuse or except abuse as they grow into adults. This Unit swiftly investigates these incidents in a cooperative manner with other state agencies, our justice system, and victim advocate centers to not only arrest, but to provide a tailor made solution to end violence in the home.
The squad also shares the agency’s responsibility for investigation into missing persons cases. The role of the squad has grown significantly and it has taken on an active investigative role in a number of the agency’s major and high profile cases. The squad conducts complex investigations into missing persons cases which unfortunately often lead to the discovery of major crimes to include kidnapping and Homicide. The squad is comprised of sworn detectives, crime analysts and investigative service officers.