An Outcome Evaluation of the Special Investigation Units Established Under the Sexual Violence Prevention Act of 2006
Group: Crime Research Group
In 1992 Chittenden County opened Vermont’s first Special Investigation Unit (CUSI). The CUSI took an innovative multidisciplinary approach to the investigation and prosecution of sexual abuse and serious child abuse cases. The core of the CUSI is its multi‐disciplinary team of investigators, social workers, prosecutors and victim advocates. The team works in coordination to investigate allegations of crime and provide services to victims and their families.1 In 2006, citing the success of CUSI and Franklin County’s SIU (NUSI), the Vermont State Legislation passed the Sexual Violence Prevention Act (SVPA).2 This act expanded Special Investigation Units (SIU) to all regions of Vermont. This report evaluates the case processing outcomes of the SIUs established after the SVPA in the following counties: Caledonia, Essex/Orleans, Lamoille, Orange, Rutland, Washington, Windham and Windsor.
outcome evaluation, special investigation, investigation units, sexual violence, sexual abuse, sex crimes, crime, violent crime, sexual violence prevention act, sexual violence prevention, outcome measures, sex
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