Special Victims Unit

The Special Victims Unit was formed to improve the investigation and prosecution of sex crimes and child abuse cases by bringing together specially trained detectives and assistant prosecutors. SVU handles a variety of subject matters, but incorporates a victim-centric approach throughout.

SVU investigates:

  • all sexual assault crimes, regardless of the victim’s age
  • child molestation and exploitation of children under 13
  • serious physical abuse of children
  • any abduction or missing child
  • child pornography
  • human trafficking cases involving adults and/or children