Family Violence and Child Abuse Unit
Four of the six detectives who staff the Unit are responsible for investigating cases involving aggravated child abuse, child neglect, elder abuse, and exploitation of the elderly.
During 2011, the Family Violence/Child Abuse Unit had 475 cases assigned to the Unit to investigate (this number does not include the InVEST cases). This is a 5.56% increase from the number of assigned cases in 2010, during which 450 were investigated. In 2011, there were 28 cases cleared by detectives which resulted in arrests. An additional 253 cases that were investigated by the Family Violence/Child Abuse Unit in 2011 resulted in a Patrol Division arrest. In 2011, the percentage of assigned cases cleared by arrest was 62.7%. In 2010, the cases cleared by arrest percentage was 70.4%.*
On a daily basis, detectives coordinate with Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) child protective investigators and with counselors and doctors working for the University of Florida Child Protection Team. This collaborative effort ensures that all assigned cases are thoroughly investigated.
The fifth and sixth detectives assigned to the Family Violence/Child Abuse Unit work as members of the Intimate Violence Enhanced Services Team (InVEST). The mission of InVEST is to provide a multidisciplinary, focused response to the problem of domestic violence.
To find out more about the Family Violence and Child Abuse Unit contact us:
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Family Violence Unit
Police Memorial Building
501 E. Bay St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
*Official crime data is released by theUniform Crime Report (FDLE/FBI) on a semi-annual basis only. For the purposes of public education, crime incident numbers used in this document may reflect reported incidents and may differ from those appearing in the annual UCR Report.