The Special Victims Unit (SVU) consist of one supervisor, one Domestic Violence Detective and four Detectives who are tasked with investigating Criminal Sexual Assaults, Missing Persons and Juvenile Crimes. The Victim's Advocacy Unit consists of four civilian Victim Advocates.
Criminal Sexual Conduct (CSC)
SVU investigators are assigned all CSC cases.
The SVU investigates all Missing Persons to include runaways, missing juveniles, and missing adults.
The state defines domestic violence as causing physical harm or injury to a person's own household member. A household member is defined as a spouse, former spouse, persons who have a child in common or a male and female who are cohabiting or formerly have cohabited. South Carolina ranks 2nd in the nation for the amount of homicides caused by domestic violence. All DV cases are assigned to SVU.
Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC)
The ICAC Detective is responsible for investigating the sexual exploitation of children via the Internet and is a member of the South Carolina Attorney General's ICAC Task Force.
Once a juvenile is arrested there are a few different paths in the juvenile court system that a child can be put into. Each path reflects the severity of the crime charged, the particular circumstance surrounding the crime and the needs of the juvenile offender. If the crime is serious, the juvenile is a repeat offender or the juvenile fails to complete any of the other alternative actions, the solicitor's office may choose to prosecute the juvenile. The matter is turned over to family court to be decided by a family court judge. The judge, after considering the evidence and juvenile evaluations, can either find the juvenile delinquent or not delinquent. Delinquency can result in probation or commitment to a facility. All crimes where a juvenile is a victim are assigned to SVU.
Victim Advocacy Program
The Victim Advocate is responsible for the monitoring of all victim crimes to determine how to best assist crime victims. The Victim Advocates assist victims by providing direct victim services and serves as their liaison with social service agencies.