UPDATED w/ NATIONAL STATS: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office launches 11th National Family Violence Apprehension Detail

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: October 17 and 21, 2013

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  • 247 agencies participated nationwide
  • 23 states participated
  • 721 law enforcement members participated
  • 3,522 warrant attempts
  • 842 arrests


PARTICIPATING LOCAL AGENCIES: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Canby Police, Clackamas County Community Corrections, Gladstone Police, Lake Oswego Police, Milwaukie Police, Molalla Police, U.S. Marshals Service, West Linn Police Department

  • 162 warrant attempts
  • 29 arrests
  • 43 law enforcement members participating


EARLIER: 10/17/13, 02:10 p.m.


On Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office 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 162 arrest warrant service attempts.

By 10 p.m. Wednesday, this massive enforcement effort resulted in the arrests of 25 men and women in Clackamas County with existing family-violence-related arrest warrants. Arrestees have been booked in the Clackamas and Multnomah County Jails.

Local agencies that participated in Clackamas County included police departments from Milwaukie, Molalla, Lake Oswego, Gladstone, Oregon City, and West Linn, as well as the U.S. Marshals Service and Clackamas County Community Corrections.

The 11th 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 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.

In a pre-SWEEP briefing at the Public Safety Training Center, Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts spoke to law-enforcement personnel and the media, along with Amanda Marshall, U.S. Attorney, District of Oregon, and DixieLynn Johnson, MA, a Professional Mental Health Therapist specializing in PTSD who provides individual and couples counseling to soldiers and their families.

"The first Sweep was held on October 23, 2003," said Sheriff Roberts at the briefing. "We attempted to serve about 1,200 warrants and made 129 arrests. Six law-enforcement agencies participated, all located here in the Portland metropolitan area. Today, the Sweep is a national effort. It's the cornerstone of our participation in Domestic Violence Awareness Month. And to show you how far we've come in the past 11 years, here are the results from last year's sweep: Over 800 law-enforcement agencies from 20 states participated in the Sweep in 2012. We made warrant service attempts on more than 3,500 suspects and took nearly 800 people to jail, and those results came from all across the United States, not just our local communities. Since 2003, we have made over 46,000 attempts and nearly 10,000 arrests across the country."

For more information on DVERT, click here.

To see the SWEEP invite sent to law-enforcement agencies across the country earlier this year, click here.


According to a 2010 report from the CDC:

* More than 1 in 3 women (35.6%) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5%) in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

* Among victims of intimate partner violence, more than 1 in 3 women experienced multiple forms of rape, stalking, or physical violence; 92.1% of male victims experienced physical violence alone, and 6.3% experienced physical violence and stalking.

* Nearly 1 in 10 women in the United States (9.4%) has been raped by an intimate partner in her lifetime, and an estimated 16.9% of women and 8.0% of men have experienced sexual violence other than rape by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.

* About 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner (e.g., hit with a fist or something hard, beaten, slammed against something) at some point in their lifetime.

* An estimated 10.7% of women and 2.1% of men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime.

* Nearly half of all women and men in the United States have experienced psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime (48.4% and 48.8%, respectively).

* Most female and male victims of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner (69% of female victims; 53% of male victims) experienced some form of intimate partner violence for the first time before 25 years of age.

* Nearly 3 in 10 women and 1 in 10 men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner and reported at least one impact related to experiencing these or other forms of violent behavior in the relationship (e.g., being fearful, concerned for safety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, need for health care, injury, contacting a crisis hotline, need for housing services, need for victim's advocate services, need for legal services, missed at least one day of work or school).

Other information:

* According to Bureau of Justice statistics, on average, more than 3 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 2 million injuries from intimate partner violence each year. Also, nearly 1 in 4 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 7 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.

* 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.


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Contact Info:
Robert Wurpes, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office


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