Multimedia: Domestic-violence SWEEP arrests (PDF format)
On Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) worked with agencies throughout Oregon -- as well as agencies across the country -- to arrest persons with outstanding family-violence warrants. Locally, they conducted a total of 171 family violence arrest warrant service attempts.
By 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, this massive enforcement effort resulted in the arrests of 20 men and women in Clackamas County with existing family violence related arrest warrants. Each of those individuals arrested have been booked in the Clackamas County Jail.
Nationally, as of 1 p.m. today, there were 3,368 arrest warrant attempts that resulted in the arrest of 745 people. 892 law enforcement officers, parole and probation officers, victim advocates, shelter staff, and district attorneys participated in this year's SWEEP.
The 10th Annual Family Violence Apprehension Detail included approximately 200 county sheriffs' offices, police departments, probation departments, and community agencies from 21 states. All agencies served outstanding arrest warrants -- with charges ranging from harassment to murder.
This event has been instrumental in apprehending family-violence offenders. Last year, in 2011, nearly 900 law-enforcement members from 170 agencies from 22 states participated -- resulting in over 800 arrest warrants served and over 4,000 attempts to serve arrest warrants nationwide. (Many of the attempted warrant services ended up in an arrest, as offenders turned themselves in shortly after the detail.)
This collaborative effort, commonly known as the SWEEP, helps raise awareness of the problem of family and domestic violence in our communities. It also demonstrates to offenders that they will be held accountable for their violence.
According to the Bureau of Justice statistics, on average more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the United States. In 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published data collected in 2005 that finds that women experience two million injuries from intimate partner violence each year. Also, nearly one in four women in the United States reports experiencing violence by a current or former spouse of boyfriend at some point in her life. A 2007 study states that 15.5 million children in the United States live in families in which partner violence occurred at least once in the past year, and seven million children live in families in which severe partner violence occurred. Children who witness domestic violence are more likely to attempt suicide, abuse drugs and alcohol, run away from home, and engage in teenage prostitution.
On a local level, according to the Oregon Department of Health and Human Services, a survey of more than 85,000 Oregon women showed that 1 in 10 women experienced intimate-partner violence in the five years preceding the survey. Also, the estimated costs of intimate partner violence in Oregon exceed $50 million each year.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and agencies across the United States recognize the urgency of this social problem. After the SWEEP, DVERT will make available the local and national final results of the apprehension detail.
For information on the national effort, please contact National Coordinator Carrie Jo Paine, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, by e-mail.
You can find our 2012 invitation to participating agencies online here.
Adam Phillips, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office