Prosecutor Champions Victims of Domestic Violence

Joe Clark ’06

As a misdemeanor prosecutor, Joe Clark ’06 takes on crimes that might be considered minor. But as Arizona’s first domestic violence resource prosecutor, he’s aiming to tackle a problem that is major.

Clark helped establish the Navajo County Domestic Violence Court, which targets first-time offenders and aims to break the crime’s repetitive cycle. The Arizona Prosecuting Attorney’s Advisory Council has named him Misdemeanor Prosecutor of the Year.

With less than two years as a prosecutor under his belt, he also played a key role in establishing the county’s first domestic violence fatality review team, as well as protocols for handling child abuse and sexual assault incidents. In his current role, he serves as a resource for prosecutorial and law enforcement agencies statewide.