Created in 1996, the Family Violence Bureau is responsible for prosecuting domestic violence cases, including child abuse and vulnerable adult abuse offenses committed in Maricopa County. This bureau also handles domestic violence homicides and child abuse homicides.
Family violence differs from other types of violent crimes because of the relationship between the abuser and victim. Working in cooperation with several local agencies, the County Attorney’s Office has created a standardized approach to the investigation and prosecution of family violence cases. The goal is to reduce the amount and frequency of abuse in our community.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Child Abuse brochure is available for download and lists signs and symptoms of child abuse as well as resources for victims. Also available is the Maricopa County Domestic Violence Protocol, a guide for law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates, intervention programs, and the judicial system to help ensure that justice is served and the families in our community are kept safe.
Strangulation Program Honored with NACo Award
The National Association of Counties (NACo) has recognized Maricopa County with a 2013 Achievement Award in the category of Criminal Justice and Public Safety for a program that has led to dramatic improvements in the ability to prosecute non-fatal strangulation cases.
Eric Coulter Receives Maximum Sentence for Manslaughter
The Honorable M. Scott McCoy today ordered Eric James Coulter to serve the maximum term of 21-years in prison for fatally shooting his girlfriend with a rifle in 2011, an act he claimed was an accident.
Eric Coulter found Guilty of Manslaughter in Shooting Death of Monique Cota
A jury has found Eric James Coulter guilty of Manslaughter for fatally shooting his girlfriend in the head with a military-style assault rifle, an act he claimed was an accident.
Additional resources and links
Child Protective Services
Child Abuse Hotline
Child Abuse Hotline
Adult Protective Services (APS)-Adult Abuse Hotline:
National Sexual Abuse Hotline – RAINN
Provides general online safety information
Community Information & Referral
Family Advocacy Center
Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
Victim Services Division
Maricopa County Superior Court
Access Superior Court information by using case number or defendant’s name