In October 2004, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office formed the first Family Violence Unit program in the Victorville Office. In 2005, the Family Violence Unit was expanded to include our San Bernardino and Rancho Cucamonga offices. The FVU is a vertical felony prosecution team consisting of attorneys, clerical staff members, investigators, and victim/witness advocates, all of whom are trained to deal with traumatic and sensitive crimes to especially vulnerable victims.
The goal of the FVU and the team approach is to maximize all available resources and expertise to better ensure that every effective legal remedy is brought to bear on those who victimize our children and elderly, and those who commit violent acts within our families. The FVU also handles C.A.S.E. reports, prosecuting perpetrators who kidnap or trick victims to be forced into prostitution rings.
The cases handled in the FVU often involve sensitive familial issues, including embarrassment and a reluctance to having personal issues become public, and the situations require dedication and understanding for the most vulnerable members of our community. With the team approach, these cases can be given special attention and handled by trained, experienced professionals who appreciate the complex legal and emotional issues involved within these often difficult cases, who work together to achieve the best results.
The attorneys selected to serve in this unit have trial experience and have handled crimes against persons, including sexual abuse, elder financial abuse, crimes against children and domestic violence. The Unit is committed to working closely with law enforcement, children’s services and the medical community to maintain an organized, focused team approach to the successful prosecution of sexual, physical/endangerment and financial abuse cases.
As the population in the county grows, so do the number of serious crimes that require more specialized attorneys to be able to handle all aspects of family violence cases and devote the time and effort needed for each special case. It is the purpose and goal of the Family Violence Unit to provide outstanding service to the victims of personal and life-altering crimes and their families and to ensure that justice is served for the safety of our citizens.