The Special Victims Section (SVS) is a 'vertical prosecution' section that prosecutes cases involving victims with unique vulnerability. These cases include domestic violence, child criminal sexual conduct, vulnerable adult abuse, and child abuse.
All members of the SVS receive specialized training to fully understand the complex nature and unique dynamics presented in each of these types of cases. Also, SVS not only works to reach a successful disposition of the case, but to provide the support and guidance to the victims.
'Vertical Prosecution' means that a single specialized Assistant Prosecutor will handle all phases of the prosecution of an individual case, from assisting in the warrant review to the presentation of the case in court. While this method of prosecution is not required in the vast majority of the 20,000 cases this office processes in a year, it is critical in the most complicated and time consuming cases or in cases requiring a specialized training in a particular area of the law or in the handling of witnesses with special problems or needs.