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.
Juan Garcia Sentenced for Murder of Two-Year-Old Child
Juan Garcia will serve a 25-year term in the Arizona Department of Corrections for beating his girlfriend’s two-year-old son to death after the child refused to eat his dinner.
Michelle Gibson Convicted in Plot to Kill Her Husband
Michelle Dawn Gibson is now facing a life prison sentence after a jury today found her guilty of conspiring with her children and their friends to murder her husband, Steven Gibson.
Allison Clement and Ryan Reed Indicted for Child Abuse, Murder of 3 Year Old
A Maricopa County Grand Jury has delivered an indictment charging Alison Clement and Ryan Reed with second degree murder and child abuse in connection with the December, 2012 death of a nearly three-year-old girl in their care.
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