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S.V.C.D.: Domestic Violence/Elder Abuse Section


 

 


Domestic Violence Response Unit / Elder Abuse:

Domestic Violence | Elder Abuse | Stalking | Violence Against Women | Safe Start

The San Francisco Police Department's Domestic Violence Response Unit (D.V.R.U.) is currently a centralized unit based at the Hall of Justice. The D.V.R.U. specializes in physical and neglect elder abuse; stalking and relationship based domestic violence cases. D.V.R.U. attempts to contact every reported victim for follow up and services. The D.V.R.U. investigates rebookings, which are cases where a suspect has been arrested for a felony. These cases are time sensitive, and the Inspector has forty-eight hours to investigate and present the case to the District Attorney for review. The D.V.R.U. also investigates non-arrest reports for warrant consideration. These case require extensive investigation and are presented to District Attorney for warrant review. The D.V.R.U. currently has two Casa de las Madres victim advocates who work in our office.

 


Domestic Violence Response Unit / Elder Abuse
850 Bryant St, Rm 454
San Francisco, CA 94103
Office hours 0800-1700
Monday through Friday
Telephone (415) 553-9225
email: sfpddvru@yahoo.com

After business hours and on weekends and holidays, the public can contact SFPD Communications at 911 (emergency) or 415.553.0123 (non-emergency) to report a crime of domestic violence.

The following is a brief description of the functions currently performed by the members of the DVRU.

 


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASES

The DVRU investigates all felony arrest cases involving abuse committed against any person, including minors, who is a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, current or former dating relationship, current or former engagement, or has a child in common. This also includes boyfriend / girlfriend as well as same sex relationships (dating or domestic partners).

The Inspectors conduct a thorough investigation and present each case to the District Attorney's Office for a decision on criminal charges

All of the non-arrest reports are reviewed by the case assignment Inspector. If the case meets the DVRU criteria for assignment, it is placed in the work-up file and assigned to an Inspector based on availability. The Inspector conducts a thorough investigation and presents the case to the District Attorney for a decision on the issuance of a criminal arrest warrant.

In addition, the case assignment Inspector conducts computer queries on all non-arrest reports. Suspects are checked for probation / parole status. If the suspect is found to be on probation or parole, the case assignment Inspector notifies the appropriate agency.

The case assignment Inspector attempts to contact every victim in non-arrest cases by telephone to advise her/him on follow-up procedures and to advise on advocacy services. The case assignment Inspector leaves a message with follow-up procedures if no one is home.

All reports involving confiscated firearms are assigned to an Inspector for investigation.

All misdemeanor arrest cases are handled directly by Department 18. However, DVRU receives and maintains a copy of these reports in the office for up to one year. The District Attorney can review and upgrade a misdemeanor case to a felony.

The DVRU maintains a close liaison with the District Attorney's Office, the Probation Department, Parole, Safe Start, Las Casa de las Madres, and the Family Violence Project in order to accurately assess the seriousness of each case and provide maximum advocacy services to the victim.

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ELDER ABUSE CASES

The DVRU investigates all felony arrest cases involving abuse and/or neglect committed against a person 65 years or older or a dependent adult between the ages of 18 and 64. The criteria for elder abuse cases include those relationships listed for domestic violence as well as parent/child, grandparent/grandchild and elder/paid or licensed caregiver.

The DVRU Inspectors conduct a thorough investigation and present each case to the District Attorney for a decision on criminal charges

Non-arrest and misdemeanor arrest elder/dependent care cases are handled in the same manner as domestic violence incidents.

The DVRU maintains a close liaison with the District Attorney's office, the Probation Department, Parole, the Family Violence Project and Adult Protective Services in order to accurately assess the seriousness of each case and provide maximum advocacy services to the victim.

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STALKING CASES

The DVRU investigates all felony stalking arrest cases. These cases must fall within the same domestic violence relationship criteria. These cases include repeated offenses (2 or more) of harassing, annoying, following, phone calls, e-mails, court order violations, vandalism, implied threats, direct threats, trespassing, physical altercations, burglary and pet abuse.

The DVRU Inspector conducts a thorough investigation and presents each case to the District Attorney for a decision on criminal charges.

Non-arrest and misdemeanor arrest stalking cases are handled in the same manner as Domestic Violence incidents.

The DVRU maintains a close liaison with the District Attorney's office, the Probation Department, Parole, the Family Violence Project and Las Casa de las Madres, in order to accurately assess the seriousness of each case and provide maximum advocacy services to the victim.

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VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

The Violence Against Women Act Grant (VAWA) was awarded to the San Francisco Police Department and Las Casa de las Madres by the California Office of Criminal Justice and Planning (OCJP). The grant is a collaborative effort between the DVRU and Las Casa de las Madres, Inc. to increase awareness of domestic violence issues in San Francisco, to improve domestic violence training for SFPD members and service providers, to increase the successful prosecution of domestic violence offenders and to provide immediate advocacy to victims.

The DVRU has a designated Grant-Inspector and a Las Casa de las Madres advocate assigned to work every other week.

  • Monday through Friday from 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM.

They respond as a team to the scene of a domestic violence incident to begin an immediate investigation and provide advocacy to the victim.

Las Casa de las Madres now has 2 advocates assigned to DVRU Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

The grant Inspector and the advocate coordinate training for SFPD members at the district stations. They also provide training and awareness lectures to service providers and the community when such services are requested.

This is a program was a grant awarded to SFPD and managed by the DVRU. Also listed below are the various active committees and boards on which either the Commanding Officer of the Family Services Unit (or his designee) or the Officer-in-Charge of the DVRU (or her designee) represents the San Francisco Police Department.

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SAFE START

The U.S. Department of Justice awarded the Safe Start grant to SFPD. The Safe Start grant is attempting to reduce the incidence and impact of violence on San Francisco children ages birth to 6 years. This is an experimental program and is being implemented in San Francisco and other cities.

The DVRU hired a retired SFPD Inspector to work part time as the Safe Start advocate. The program is being implemented throughout the city of San Francisco. The advocate's goals are to increase parental leadership, to increase service providers' capacity, to improve the integration of care for children and families exposed to violence, to expand the availability of services and to improve the collaborative efforts between Safe Start and other initiatives such as CPS in San Francisco.

 

This program was a grant awarded to SFPD and managed by the DVRU. Also listed below are the various active committees and boards on which either the Commanding Officer of the Family Services Unit (or his designee) or the Officer-in-Charge of the DVRU (or her designee) represents the San Francisco Police Department.

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INTER-AGENCY COMMITTEES

SF Domestic Violence Death Review Committee
SF Elder Abuse Death Review Committee
Department on the Status of Women – Justice & Courage Protocol Committee
Department on the Status of Women – Justice & Courage Data Collection Committee
Department on the Status of Women – Justice & Courage Resources Committee
Department on the Status of Women – Justice & Courage
Interdepartmental Communications Committee
Family Violence Council
Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Team
SF Sheriff's Resolve to Stop the Violence Program (RSVP)
Domestic Violence Crisis Line Advisory Council
SF Domestic Violence Consortium
Safe Start Advisory Council
SF District Attorney's Stalking Task Force

 

 

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Last updated: 8/6/2013 11:27:05 AM