Intimate Violence Enhanced Services Team
A key component of the Family Violence Unit is the Intimate Violence Enhanced Services Team, also known as InVEST. The team is comprised of two detectives from the Family Violence and Child Abuse Unit, one advocate from Hubbard House and a planning technician from the City of Jacksonville Victim Services.
In 2011, there were 7,909 reported incidents involving some form of domestic violence. Out of the 7,909 reports, there were 6,255 intimate domestic violence reports and 1,654 non-intimate reports reviewed by InVEST. Based on the review of the 6,255 reports in 2011 by InVEST, 639 potential clients were indented as "high risk" victims with potentially lethal domestic violence cases.
Of this number, 127 victims accepted the services of InVEST and became a client. None of the 127 victims that accepted InVEST services in 2011 became the victim of a domestic homicide.*
InVEST members assist victims in obtaining court orders and work closely with the State Attorney's Office to build stronger cases against batterers. They also ensure batterers know the law as it pertains to domestic violence and that they comply with existing court orders.
The office staff from InVEST works closely with a variety of other organizations throughout the community, to provide services to families affected by domestic violence, including the Center for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. CPDV is a "one stop shop" located on the 7th floor of City Hall Annex where victims can receive assistance obtaining an injunction for protection and finding a safe place to relocate.
For more information contact us:
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Police Memorial Building
501 E. Bay St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
*Official crime data is released by the Uniform 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.