The Special Victims Unit responds to and investigates sexual assaults, child sexual offenses, and child abuse incidents through the utilization of the Maricopa County Multidisciplinary Protocol for the Investigation of Child Abuse. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit partners with the Southwest Family Advocacy Center which operates in the western part of Maricopa County. The Southwest Advocacy Center applies a multidisciplinary approach providing v ictims with immediate assistance and services to include counseling, victim advocacy, and educational training. The partnership between the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the Southwest Family Advocacy Center serves victims with dedication, respect, and compassion.