Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Unit
The Domestic Violence Unit was created in 1988. The unit handles misdemeanor cases of domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual battery, stalking, and child abuse, including neglect, molestation, child pornography, and statutory rape. In 1994, the unit was designated as a state-of-the-art program by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. The judges lauded the unit’s innovative approaches to prosecuting domestic violence cases, with or without the victim’s participation. An early intervention strategy at the misdemeanor level, coupled with a coordinated community response, is designed to prevent family violence from escalating and perpetuating itself from generation to generation. In 2002, the Mayor and City Council unanimously voted to approve the Family Justice Center which is a comprehensive one-stop shop for victims of domestic violence where over 200 professionals come together to provide victims of domestic violence with the resources they need to break the cycle of violence. While the social services aspect of domestic violence is consolidated within the FJC, the prosecution of domestic violence cases continues to lie within the City Attorney’s Office. Deputy City Attorneys handle all aspects of the cases from the time a report is received and also work directly with the FJC to ensure victims of domestic violence receive the services they need in order to keep them safe. The San Diego Family Justice Center is located at 707 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101. Or call (619) 533-5544.