Agency Type: District Attorney/Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Population Size, based on the most recent U.S. Census Bureau: 13,158
Agency Size: 10 total - 4 sworn; 6 non-sworn
Initiative Partnership(s): Local Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center; Child Forensic Assessment Center; Probation and Parole; La Grande Police Department; Union County Sheriff’s Office; Union County Public Health
Grant Focus Area(s): Personnel; Sexual Assault; Intimate Partner Violence
The Union County, Oregon, District Attorney’s (DA) Office serves over 13,000 individuals. The DA’s Office administers a victims’ program and a child support program, and chairs the Union County multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team, which coordinates the county’s investigation, prosecution, and treatment of all child abuse cases. The DA’s Office is an active member of the Union County Elder Abuse Team and the Union County Domestic Violence Council. From January to November 2022, the DA’s Office received almost 300 referrals for violent crime prosecutions.
The Union County, Oregon, DA’s Office intends to fund a part-time DA investigator (DAI) that will focus on violent crimes. The DAI will also attend multidisciplinary team meetings for sexual assault, intimate partner violence, child abuse, and seniors and adults with disabilities. These teams ensure offender accountability and wrap-around services for victims. The DAI will conduct investigations and provide follow-up support to the above groups while collaborating with the local domestic violence and sexual assault support agency, the Child Forensic Assessment Center, parole and probation, the local police department and sheriff’s office, and the public health entity for Union County. The DAI will enhance and strengthen all services related to the prosecution of violent crimes. With the addition of the DAI, Union County plans to increase reporting, conviction rates, offender accountability, and services provided to victims, ultimately ensuring survivor safety and security.