To better assist victims of some of the most sensitive crimes, child, family and sexual violence, members of the Boise Police Department’s Special Victims Unit have relocated to the Ada County Family Justice Center, known as FACES. The department’s Victim-Witness Services Unit has also relocated to FACES to be readily available to provide their services to victims in need.
The move by Boise Police adds a strong and vital component to the consolidation of victim services already underway at FACES.
“This is all about better service for victims," said Captain Scott Mulcahy of the Boise Police Criminal Investigation Division.
"Crimes involving domestic and sexual abuse can be extremely complex cases and especially difficult for victims,”
“Victims of these crimes often need emotional, legal, even shelter services as well as a law enforcement response. Victims shouldn’t have to know how the system works to get those services. We’ve learned that bringing together a comprehensive list of services under one roof can best serve those victims already going through what is already an incredibly difficult time.” said Captain Mulcahy.
BPD Represents a Major Caseload for FACES: The Boise Police Department already represents half the cases at FACES where law enforcement is involved. The ten members of the BPD SVU and seven VWU members join Deputy Ada County Prosecutor Jean Fisher who oversees the child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence units for the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as nine other agencies in providing co-located services for victims of child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence.
“We have had strong partnerships with all of the local law enforcement agencies since we opened in 2006. This takes FACES’ partnership with the Boise City Police Department to the next level and will help us better serve our clients. We are so pleased that their commitment to serving victims has resulted in this move,” said Angela Curtis, Executive Director of FACES.
BPD Joins other Critical Victim Services: There are currently close to 50 professionals now working from the FACES facility to provide services for victims of child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence.
Services include: forensic assessments, acute medical care, civil legal services, victim advocacy, safety planning, protection order assistance, education, and connection to resources.
To Report a Sex Crime, Domestic Violence or Crime Against a Child: Call 911.
Other Agencies now located at FACES: St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital – CARES, St. Luke’s Capital City Family Medicine, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, St. Luke’s Health System, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Women’s and Children’s Alliance, Idaho Legal Aid Services, Boise City Attorney’s Office and FACES non-profit.
Click here to learn more about the Boise Police Victim-Witness Services Unit.
Click here for more on the BPD Special Victims Unit.