A Message from the Chief
City of Anaheim
A Message from Chief John Welter
The prevention of domestic violence, child abuse, elder/dependent adult abuse, and sexual assault is a major priority of the Anaheim Police Department. As a police organization, we are committed to do as much as possible to break the cycle of family crime that inevitably then results in a more violent society.
In order to prevent these crimes, and respond to them in a more effective and efficient manner, victims and their families require a wide variety of diverse services and resources. Research has shown that timely intervention by police, prosecutors, victim advocates, housing, legal aid, restraining orders, counseling, crisis intervention, child protective services, elder/dependent adult protective services, medical attention/referral, faith based services, parenting programs and others enhances the chance of preventing future violence.
In 2004, the Anaheim Police Department developed a shared vision of creating an Anaheim Family Justice Center to meet these critical needs. We are now making this shared vision a reality. The AFJC seeks to improve victim safety, interagency communication, information sharing, collaboration, and cooperation with community partners. We seek to develop a true multidisciplinary approach to the prevention of, and response to, these serious crimes.
As a result of the outstanding leadership and support of our Mayor, City Council, and City Manager, we have been able to establish an Anaheim Family Justice Center, the first of its kind in Orange County. However, we do have a great deal more to accomplish in order to ensure its continued success and growth.
The responsibility for the prevention of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and elder/dependent adult abuse does not rest with any single individual, group, agency, or organization. It is a responsibility shared by all of our Community Members and Partners.
I welcome your active support for this important effort.