Child Abduction Unit

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Visitation Custody Violation Report Form

The Yolo County District Attorney's Child Abduction Unit exists to enforce child custody/visitation orders and to assist in locating/returning children who have been maliciously taken, detained or concealed in violation of court orders.

When the Child Abduction Unit investigates a case; we do so as a representative of the Superior Court and/or the People of the State of California. The District Attorney does not represent you as an individual. There is no attorney-client relationship, therefore, any information that you provide is not confidential and may be subject to disclosure.
What are?

Abductions - The child has been moved/taken with the intent of depriving the other parent's custodial rights. The Child Abduction Unit can begin an investigation whether or not there was an order in place at the time of the abduction. You may be required to obtain an order during the course of the investigation and prior to the child being retrieved.

Concealments/Detentions - You are having a problem enforcing a current court order due to the child's removal from the court's jurisdiction, or other parent's habitual denial of your visitation rights. The Child Abduction unit can only enforce current court orders.

Visitation Problems - There are violations of the existing current order: i.e., not meeting at the ordered pick-up location, not receiving/returning the child at the ordered times, not allowing ordered phone calls, etc. The Child Abduction Unit does not generally investigate visitation problem cases unless chronic or extreme in nature. Generally, in order to resolve visitation problems, you must take the matter back to meditation and/or court. However, you can submit a visitation violation report to our office. See below for further details.

What Do I Do To Get My Case Investigated?

Abductions - Contact your local police or sheriff's department to file a missing/abducted child report. The child is entered into the nationwide missing persons system and law enforcement can take immediate action to locate the child.

Concealments/Detentions - Contact the Child Abduction unit directly or after being referred by a law enforcement agency. When the Child Abduction Unit investigates a case, we do so as a representative of the Superior Court and/or the People of the State of California. The District Attorney does not represent you as an individual. There is not attorney-client relationship, therefore, any information that you provide is not confidential and may be subject to disclosure.

The Child Abduction staff meets regularly with local law enforcement personnel to provide information about the unit and specific training in the realm of child abduction. They have also traveled to several states and some foreign countries to assist in the return of abducted children.

Reporting Visitation Violation

The District Attorney's Office has implemented a self-reporting system to report violations of court ordered visitation. This form is for use by Yolo County residents and non Yolo County Residents with court orders issued in Yolo County. If deemed appropriate, this office may take further action once your report is accepted. The report will be kept on file in our office and will be available only to the court or pursuant to a subpoena duces tecum for records only.

If you choose not to make a visitation violation report, or if you do not have a California visitation order, you may want to consider contacting a family law attorney for advice on how to enforce your order or get the matter before the court. To make a visitation violation report, click on Visitation Custody Violation Report Form and follow the instructions at the top of the online form. PLEASE NOTE:  You must have the full version of Adobe Acrobat in order to fill out and send the form via email.  If you are using the free Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader, you can fill out the form, print it and send via mail but you can not email the form as the data will not be saved.

Statistics

Child Abduction staff received 283 new case reports in fiscal year 05/06 (July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006). During a six month period (January 1, to June 30, 2006) in fiscal year 05/06 our office recovered 31 children and enforced court ordered visitation with 81 children.

Additional References

California Famly Law Code, Sections 3130-3135 et al.
California Penal Code, Sections 166.4, 278, and 278.5
The Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act 
National Child Abduction Remedies Act (ICARA) 42 USC 11601 et. Seq.

Sara Abrate - Deputy District Attorney
Matt Villarreal - Investigator
Angela Smith - Enforcement Officer

301 Second Street | Woodland, CA 95695 | Phone: (530) 666-8400 | Fax: (530) 666-8399

Domestic Violence Prosecutions

The Yolo County District Attorney's Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit is solely responsible for the prosecution of all defendants who commit Domestic Violence Crimes. Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.

Abuse is physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

Elder Protection Unit

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The District Attorney's Office realizes that along with the pleasures of growing older and having more leisure time, senior citizens are also vulnerable to certain crimes. Some criminals prey on seniors, who often have more assets, are more willing to trust others, and may be vulnerable because of loneliness or diminishing physical or mental facilities. Criminals may attempt to exploit that trust, steal a senior’s money, or physically abuse or neglect them.

We are committed to fighting elder abuse and improving the quality of life for seniors. To that end, the District Attorney’s Office has staff who are specially trained and dedicated to prosecuting crimes against the elderly. These specially trained staff investigate and vertically prosecute elder abuse cases. This means that one deputy district attorney handles a case from beginning to end.

The most effective line of defense against elder abuse remains seniors themselves. By resisting high-pressure sales tactics, taking time to make decisions, and most importantly discussing personal matters with trusted friends and loved ones, seniors can often prevent many forms of elder abuse. The information on this web site will help seniors protect themselves by further explaining "elder abuse" and giving tips for its prevention.

Please review this information and discuss it with others. If you are concerned that someone is attempting to victimize you or a senior you know, you can contact the following agencies:

Agency Hours/Phone

Yolo County District Attorney - Elder Protection Unit
530-666-8180
(Monday through Friday - 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.)

Yolo County Adult Protective Services
888-675-1115

Davis Police Department
530-747-5400

West Sacramento Police Department
916-617-4900

Winters Police Department
530-795-4561

Woodland Police Department
530-661-7800

Yolo County Sheriff’s Department
530-666-8282

UC Davis Police Department
530-752-1727

For All Emergencies
911

The Clients We Serve

Our Motto

"Enhancing Education, Prevention and Prosecution of Elder Abuse"

FAQs

What is Elder Abuse? 

Elder abuse is the mistreatment of those who are aged 65 and older. This includes financial abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. Elder abuse happens everywhere in poor, middle class, and upper-income households. It is a problem that has no demographic or ethnic boundaries. Because family members or close friends of the senior are often the culprits of financial, physical, and emotional abuse, this abuse is often difficult to discover and to accept.
What is Financial Abuse?

Financial Abuse is the mismanagement of money, property or other assets belonging to a senior. Anyone who has access to your personal information, such as bank account numbers, credit cards, checkbooks, etc. can potentially steal from you. Be careful about whom you trust. You can take steps to protect yourself from financial abuse.

Protect Yourself:

  • Cancel all credit cards you are not using.
  • Never keep the Personal Identification Number (PIN) for your ATM card in your wallet. If you need to write it down, be sure to keep it in a secure place.
  • Never give your credit or ATM cards to a family member or a friend to buy things for you. Whenever possible, give them cash or reimburse them with a check.
  • Try to balance your checkbook or have a trusted family member or friend do it for you on a monthly basis. Immediately inform your bank or credit card companies of any activity that does not appear to be your own.
  • Report financial abuse to Adult Protective Services by calling 888/ 675-1115 or by calling your local police department.

Signs of Elder Financial Abuse:

  • You detect unusual activity in your bank accounts such as numerous withdrawals or attempts to withdraw a large sum of money.
  • A friend or caretaker asks you for a loan and tells you to keep it a secret. A need for secrecy can be a warning sign of an intent not to repay the loan.
  • You see your bills piling up when payment is the responsibility of your caretaker.
  • You see changes in your will or power of attorney though you are unable or unwilling to make such changes.
  • You lack amenities, such as clothing and grooming items, although you have the means to pay for these items.

What is Physical Abuse? 

Physical Abuse is the infliction of bodily injuries on an elder. Seniors or their loved ones should immediately report physical abuse to law enforcement by calling "911" or Adult Protective Services by calling 888/ 675-1115. Keep a list of emergency numbers you can call in the event that someone in your home physically abuses you.

Signs of Elder Physical Abuse:

  • Obvious lacerations, abrasions, fractures, welts, bruises, discoloration, or swelling.
  • Pain or tenderness on mere touch.
  • Burns caused by cigarettes, ropes or other bonds.
  • Detached retina, bleeding, or scalp wound.
  • Elder becomes withdrawn or protective of the suspect

What is Emotional Abuse?

Emotional Abuse can result from verbal assaults, threats, intimidation, humiliation, or isolation and can cause mental and emotional trauma. Verbally threatening and abusive treatment, and other acts of rage are not acceptable behavior, even if carried out by a son or daughter or family friend. You can report such psychological abuse to Adult Protective Services or to the police. Understand that such intimidating and hurtful conduct is not your fault.

Signs of Elder Emotional Abuse:

  • Appears depressed and not himself/herself.
  • Unusual mood changes and anger.
  • Fear of being touched or approached by others.
  • Seems withdrawn and unusually introverted or afraid

What Is Neglect? 

Neglect is the failure by a caregiver to provide the senior with basic needs. This includes food, shelter, medical assistance, personal hygiene products, heat or air conditioning. Such neglect should be reported. Adult children, especially unemployed or those with a criminal history, may neglect their elder parents. Be leery of giving an adult child with a history of emotional or criminal problems too much control over your money or your life.

Signs of Elder Neglect:

  • The elder feels isolated by a caretaker and is unable to speak freely or spend time with others.
  • A caretaker fails to assist with personal hygiene or in providing clothing for the elder.
  • A caregiver has a history of violence, or alcohol or drug abuse.
  • The senior shows signs of dehydration or malnutrition.
  • The elder has sudden weight loss.
  • The elder does not have necessities, including eyeglasses, dentures, prostheses, hearing aids, canes, walkers, or other critical items.

Another form of neglect is self-neglect. Self-neglect is the inability of an elder who does not have a caretaker to provide for himself/herself. Self-neglect is NOT a crime. However, seniors can receive services and assistance from Adult Protective Services. Important: Often victims of elder abuse can be abused in more ways than one. For example, an abuser may hit the elder (physical abuse) in order to convince him or her to turn over money to the abuser (financial abuse).

Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center

mdicYolo County’s Multi-Disciplinary Interview Center (MDIC)

Serving and Protecting Our Children

Under The Umbrella of The Yolo County District Attorney and The Leadership of The MDIC Oversight Committee

Mission Statement

We will coordinate a multi-agency response to child abuse, which reduces trauma to victims, increases child protection, and aids in the successful prosecution of offenders by providing a child-friendly center where the investigation of child abuse can be expedited and where victims and their families receive effective and immediate support. We are committed to providing quality care for our child victims and their families while striving to protect our community.

What is the MDIC? 

The MDIC is a child friendly, safe, and supportive environment where child victims of sexual abuse come for forensic interviews, medical evidentiary examinations, advocacy, assessment, therapy, and support services. The MDIC serves all child victims in Yolo County.

Primary Focus

The MDIC’s primary focus is to reduce the additional trauma that child victims often experience when going through the processes necessary to bring their perpetrators to justice. When allegations of child abuse are made, the potential for a child to experience trauma and confusion from the responding systems is extremely high. Repetitive interviews and investigations by multiple agencies create problems for child victims and cases.

The MDIC is a specialized team of highly trained professionals representing a countywide effort to create the least traumatic and most effective system for responding to child abuse in our community. We accomplish this through intensive collaboration between the agencies currently responsible for child abuse cases and through partnerships with local agencies serving children and their families.
The Setting

The MDIC was specially designed with the child victim in mind. All rooms, including interview rooms and the medical exam room, are decorated and equipped to ensure a warm, non-threatening environment. The MDIC has a comfortable family room with a children’s play area. During interviews, exams, or counseling appointments, parents can meet with an advocate in the family room while siblings spend time with center staff in the play area.

Child abuse cases rely heavily on the child’s statement. How it is collected is critical to successful prosecution. However, investigative interviews can be stressful for children. For these reasons, the MDIC was created to make the investigative process as comfortable as possible for children. The purpose of the interview is to conduct an interview that will gain the most comprehensive information and be acceptable in a court of law while limiting stress and trauma to the victim and family.

Interviews cover multiple agency agendas to avoid children having to experience repetitive interviews and numerous unfamiliar professionals to whom they must relate. Children are interviewed by Child Interview Specialists (CIS) who are experienced and specially trained to conduct forensic interviews that are sensitive to their developmental and emotional needs. Interviews are conducted according to State guidelines that enable the interviewers to be child-focused and neutral.

To help families and children feel more comfortable with the process, parents are encouraged to schedule a tour of the center prior to their child’s appointment.

Therapeutic Services

Each family's needs are unique and important. Children seen at the MDIC receive a needs assessment including clinical assessment. Children and families return to the MDIC for ongoing therapy if indicated. MDIC staff strive to address each family’s needs through support, referrals, advocacy, and counseling. All MDIC services including interviews, case management, advocacy, and therapy are provided by Spanish-English bilingual staff.

The Team Approach 

* Broadens the decision making base for the systems involved with child protection
* Enhances the quality of the interview and investigation consistently providing better information for use in court.
* Provides all team members with a level of professional support that allows them to work effectively with difficult and complex cases.
* Increases the competency level of team members by exposing them to cross-disciplinary learning.
* Provides children and families with support and consistency throughout the case in addition to a more thorough needs assessment.
* Reduces child abuse in the next generation by comprehensively responding to today’s victims.

MDIC Partners

The MDIC is a collaborative of community agencies committed to protecting our children. It is through this partnership that Yolo County is able to deliver the best service to our community despite limited public resources. Our partners include:

* Yolo County District Attorney
* Department of Employment & Social Services
* Law Enforcement:
o Davis Police Department
o UC Davis Police Department
o West Sacramento Police Department
o Winters Police Department
o Woodland Police Department
o Yolo County Sheriff
* Department of Alcohol, Drug, & Mental Health
* Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Center
* Victim/Witness Program
* County Counsel
* Health Department
* Probation Department
* UC Davis Children’s Hospital-CAARE Center

Referrals to the MDIC are made by Law Enforcement and Child Welfare Services.

MDIC staff can be reached at:
530/ 666-8186
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

Victim Services

 Victim Services Program

11th Annual Crime Victims' Tribute Ceremony 2017

Please join us in honoring all victims of crime at our 11th annual Victim Tribute Ceremony, Monday, April 3, 2017 at 12PM at the Woodland Opera House.


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Victim Impact Statement

"Protecting and Serving Victims of Violent Crime"

Help is available for victims of, and witnesses to, a crime -- the murder of a loved one ... a sexual assault ... the disclosure of a molest. Victim Services staff members cannot take the pain away nor can they bring back a loved one, but they can help victims and their families meet the immediate and long-term needs created by crime in their lives.

The Yolo County Victim Services Program was created out of state legislation enacted in 1980. The program has been in existence since that time and housed in the District Attorney's Office. Dedicated to providing comprehensive services to victims of violent crime, Victim Services Program staff provide information about the criminal justice system and advocates for the rights of victims of violent crime. Some of the services they provide are:

  • Resource counseling and the referral to appropriate agencies.
  • Acting as a liaison between victims and the criminal justice system.
  • Attending court hearings with victims or informing victims about court proceedings, including information about restitution and court protective orders.
  • Assisting victims in preparing and delivering Victim Impact Statements in court at sentencing hearings.
  • Referring victims to 24 hour crisis intervention programs.
  • Assisting qualified victims with applications to the State's Victims of Crime Program through the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board.
  • Collaborating with other community agencies to provide optimal services to victims of violent crime.
  • Reciprocal training to law enforcement and local service agencies.
  • Advocacy to victims of felony domestic violence cases through a specialized unit in the District Attorney's Office.
  • Referrals to state agencies after a defendant's sentencing to state prison or the California Youth Authority.

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Please let us know if you would like more information on Victim Services Internship Opportunities.

Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza presents a proclamation to a domestic violence survivor.

Yolo County Supervisor Jim Provenza presents a proclamation to a domestic violence survivor (pictured 4th from left) and the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness. This is a month to mourn those who have died because of domestic violence; a month to celebrate those who have survived; and a month for connecting with members of our community to work to empower victims of domestic violence. Pictured also are District Attorney Jeff Reisig (far left), Deputy District Attorney Diane Ortiz (5th from left), and Victim Service’s staff.

Domestic Violence Awareness Information

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Yolo County District Attorney Victim Services Advocate Silvia Aceves (2nd from right) talks to Gloria Partida (far left) at the Davis Farmers Market. Gloria is the mother of crime victim Lawrence Partida who was beaten in a hate crime by Clayton Garzon on March 10, 2013. Yolo County DA Jeff Reisig's office and his Victim Services Division will be honoring its crime victims for National Crime Victims Week & Lawrence Partida will be one of the honorees. Also pictures are Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven (standing) who prosecuted the Garzon case and advocate Julia Hernandez (far right) who is Mr. Partida's victim's advocate.

Victim Services FAQs

State of California AG - Office of Victims' Services - A valuable resource for information concerning Victims of Crime

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Request for Victim Services Form CDCR 1707 (Rev. 04/08 Internet)

Contact Information

Phone: 530-666-8187 | Fax: 530-666-8185 | Address: 301 2nd Street Woodland, CA 95695

U-Visa

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office encourages undocumented immigrants who are victims of crime to report the incident to law enforcement. We are only concerned about the details of the crime, not your immigration status.

A U-Visa status (also known as U nonimmigrant status) is designed to provide lawful status to noncitizen crime victims who have assisted, are assisting, or are willing to assist the authorities in investigating or prosecuting crimes that were committed against them. The main purpose of the U-Visa is to encourage undocumented crime victims to help law enforcement investigate and prosecute crimes without fear of being deported.

For more information about U-Visas and the forms you need to apply, please visit the Department of Homeland Security’s webpage or contact Legal Services of Northern California or Empower Yolo (Yolo County’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center). 

If you are a qualifying victim, please send a completed I-918 Supplement B, U Nonimmigrant Status Certification form to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office U-Visa Desk for review:

Yolo County District Attorney’s Office
Attn: U-Visa Desk
301 Second Street
Woodland, CA 95695
Phone: (530) 666-8187
Email: district.attorney@yolocounty.org

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