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Family Violence Unit

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 Family Violence Team - Gilbert Police Department

Family Violence Unit (FVU)

The Family Violence Unit is a vital part of the Gilbert Police Department. The unit has a specialized knowledge of domestic violence situations which allows them to appropriately direct resources and better assist victims. Detectives work side by side with Gilbert Youth and Adult Resources and other community partners to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence while providing the highest investigative attention to these potentially dangerous situations.

FVU History

In 2015, the Gilbert Police Department established the Family Violence Unit. The unit was initially comprised of two uniformed patrol officers with specialized knowledge of domestic violence dynamics. Their sole function was to investigate domestic violence related crimes and provide assistance to victims and families of domestic violence. Through collaboration with outside resources, the Gilbert Prosecutor’s Office and Gilbert Youth and Adult Resources; Family Violence Officers established themselves as an integral part of the Gilbert Police Department’s force to combat domestic violence within the community.

In March of 2017, the Family Violence Unit was adopted into the Criminal Investigative Division within the police department which changed the function of the Officers from initial response and investigation to purely a detective type investigative unit. This provided more opportunity for the Family Violence Unit to combat the highly complex and often highly violent cases of domestic violence.




  • Counseling and Crisis Intervention
  • Domestic violence counseling
  • Adult drug/alcohol referral
  • Adult diversion program
  • Youth diversion program
  • Youth violence intervention program

Winged Hope


  • Family Advocacy Centers
  • Child Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Bullying Stops Here!
  • Cyber Safety
  • Native American Family Advocacy
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Suicide Prevention

Catholic Charities

480-821-1024 (24/7, Hotline)

  • 24/7, Hotline via 480-821-1024
  • Safety Planning
  • Case Management
  • Skill/Resource Building
  • After-Care Planning
  • Employment
  • Info & Referral to Transitional Programs
  • Childhood Caseworker
  • Therapeutic Children's Programing
  • Temporary Pet Housing/Reuniting Once at a Permanent Living Situation

Arizona Coalition

602-279-290, 800-782-6400,

or TTY at602-279-7270 (Legal Hotline)

  • List of Resources if you need help now
  • Legal Services
  • Legal Advocate Hotline via (602)-279-290, (800) 782-6400, or TTY (602) 279-7270
  • Education & Training
  • Technical Assistance
  • Collaboration Meetings
  • Prevention Education/Resources
  • Public Policy Advocacy


  • Safety Plan
  • Cosmetic Support
  • Financial Education
  • Statistics
  • Signs of Abuse
  • Dynamics of Abuse
  • Why do Victims Stay?

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) (24/7, Hotline)
  • 24/7 Hotline via 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)
  • Safety Planning
  • Legal Help
  • Deaf Services
  • Pet Safe Havens
  • Tech & Social Media Safety

 Training Institute on Stragulation Prevention


  • San Diego-based training
  • On-site training
  • Online webinar-based trainings

*for family violence and sexual assault professionals.

Upcoming Events

Event  Details Description
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • October 2020
  • All Month
  • Everywhere
Help raise awareness and wear purple to end Domestic Violence each Wednesday.
Gilbert Water Tower Lighting
  • October 2020


Take a trip to Gilbert's Heritage District to see the Gilbert Water Tower lit up purple in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Domestic Violence Awareness Day
  • October 22, 2020
  • All Day
  • Everywhere
Help raise awareness and wear purple to end Domestic Violence.
Purple Lights Campaign
  • October 2020
  • Outside Your Home or Business
Show your support for Domestic Violence Awareness by placing a purple light outside your home and/or business. Purple lights can be found at many nearby stores and vendors.