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Crime Trackers: Pima Co. Sheriff's roundup domestic violence offenders

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TUCSON- October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and the statistics are alarming. One in four women and one in seven men are affected by domestic violence.  

In fact, someone dies every three days in Arizona from a domestic violence related incident.

These statistics were released from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Domestic violence is a huge problem, as it not only impacts the victim but other family members as well.

That's why the Pima County Sheriff's Domestic Violence Task Force is taking a stand to help the victims

Sgt. Terry Parish heads the Domestic Violence Unit for the Sheriff’s Department and said the unit's message is clear.  

“Sheriff Nanos wants it to be made clear, if you're going to commit domestic violence don't do it in Pima County.”

Armed with arrest warrants, the Sheriff's Department Domestic Violence Task Force went out in the early morning hours conducting a roundup of D-V offenders.

Detective Mike Buglewicz has been with the unit for six years. 

He said statistically they arrest more men. “We have noticed that women are becoming more the suspect because there are more males reporting they are victims of domestic violence.”

Det. Buglewicz first went out looking for he’s looking for Guadalupe Valenzuela who had two warrants out for her arrest. One warrant was issued in August and stemmed from a 2009 incident. 

After showing up to the house, she was handcuffed and taken to the Pima County Jail.

The unit made about a dozen arrests during the day.

“We're trying to protect the victim, and we're trying to protect the children of the families where the domestic violence is,“ said Det. Buglewicz.  

Sgt. Parish said they are working to help break the cycle by working with their non-profit partners, so the victims lives don't have to be this difficult and they can have a better life.

There's also help for the abusers who are placed on probation, added Sgt. Parish. 

“They can go through a batterers program and learn frankly that their lives don't have to be this difficult and they don't have to spend so much time in the Pima County Jail.”

And for the children who witness the abuse, he said, “Sheriff Nanos is taking it a step further and announcing that we're working on developing an education component so we can get into the schools and start teaching our young people what healthy, safe relationships look like.”

If you are in a situation where you need to file an Order of Protection Against Domestic Violence, click here for more information.  

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