In February 2013, the Union County Child Advocacy Center staff and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office’s Sex Crimes Unit merged to form a single Special Victims Unit. At that same time, the Special Victims Unit (SVU) assumed responsibility for interviewing all children, from infants to age 17, who disclose incidents of sexual assault.
SVU representatives work jointly with municipal police detectives in the initial stages of investigating cases of sexual abuse of adults as well. The SVU staff supervises the investigations, handling referrals from all 21 municipalities in Union County, and reviews witness interviews, suspect statements, and evidence analysis while also obtaining search warrants, court orders for phone records, and biological evidence. The Unit investigators additionally work with municipal officers in providing field support.
The SVU works closely with the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Forensics Laboratory, and the New Jersey State Police Laboratory.