#WeekInJustice: Week 95
The Pima County Attorney’s Office started Domestic Violence Awareness Month bringing partners together beneath a symbolically lit courthouse dome to highlight the ongoing crisis and support victims and ended October helping to make people accountable. Bathing the dome of the Pima County Historic Courthouse in purple light helped illuminate domestic violence as a problem that all citizens should recognize and gathering our partners in public safety from both law enforcement and social service providers highlighted the many ways it must be addressed.
Representatives from Boys to Men Tucson, CODAC, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department Domestic Violence Task Force, Homicide Survivors and our own PCAO Domestic Violence Unit and Victim Advocates came together under that symbolically lighted dome to talk about progress made, including a recently passed law extending the duration of both Emergency Orders of Protection and Standard Orders of Protection.
That new law, which provides significantly more time under protective orders for victims to make the changes needed for the safety of themselves and their families, was passed with the support of PCAO, working with former State Sen. Victoria Steele.
Helping meet community needs is something the “The People’s Office” is passionate about and in October PCAO staff organized a donation drive for Diaper Needs Awareness Week to assist our partners at EMERGE Center Against Domestic Abuse.
In late October, our PCAO detectives were part of a multi-agency task force that conducted a roundup of people with outstanding warrants for domestic violence offenses that led to 37 arrests throughout Pima County. Thank you for all of your hard work to help keep our community safe.
I’d like to share some links to our Victim Services Unit and a couple of the many valued organizations we work with to promote public health and safety in our community. If you would like to know how you can join the effort, click below.