Family Investigative Response Services Team serves families and works with domestic violence and elder-abuse victims and is a collaboration of the Vacaville Police Department law enforcement and clinical staff. The Vacaville Police Department, through (FIRST), has developed diverse specialized service programs to address the needs of families, senior citizens, and children in response to family violence.
Domestic Violence Victims
At the FIRST Office, Family Support Workers provide advocacy services to cover: safety planning, referrals for counseling, assistance with obtaining restraining orders, court accompaniment, translation services for Spanish speaking clients, transportation to court house, and referrals to Family Resource Center for help with obtaining employment, resumes, and other basic needs services. The FIRST Office also provides victims with assistance into shelters and support groups.
Sexual Assault Victims
FIRST Office Family Support Workers provide advocacy services to cover referrals for counseling, assistance with obtaining restraining orders, court accompaniment if needed, and translation services for Spanish speaking clients.
Elder Abuse Victims
The FIRST Office detectives investigate cases of physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and fiduciary crimes against elders. Family Support Workers can provide home visitation, resource linkage, counseling information and referrals. The Family Support Worker will also follow up with the FIRST detective and Adult Protective Services to help victims with the appropriate referrals and crime prevention.
Child Abuse Response Team
The FIRST Office detectives investigate physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect against children. The detectives work in partnership with Child Protective Services for forensic interviews and criminal prosecution.
The family support programs focus on families with children, birth to five years of age. They offer resource linkage, in-home support, parenting skill building, basic needs assessment, and referrals for therapy and parenting classes (in English and Spanish). The family support workers work with parents to better their relationship with their children and help build a healthy, nurturing family environment. This program is partially funded by a grant from First 5 Solano.
Bridges to Change
A weekly support group for women victims of domestic violence that meets for eight weeks. The group provides advocacy and support for victims and strives to build and promote self-esteem and life-skills. To register, call (707) 469-6620.
FIRST office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We are located at 650 Merchant St. You may also reach us by phone at (707) 469-6600. We can also be reached by e-mail at FRC@cityofvacaville.com. Our offices are closed on Fridays.