Special Victims Unit

Special Victims Unit

The Special Victim’s Unit responds to and investigates sexual offenses against children, serious physical abuse of children, and incidents of sexual assault against adults that qualify for the activation of the Passaic County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).  The SVU is also responsible for the registration of sex offenders pursuant to Megan’s Law, along with the required notifications to local departments and the community.  Additionally, adjacent to the SVU, specially trained staff members operate the Passaic County Child Advocacy Center (CAC), which provides a child safe environment for the treatment and interviews of children who have been the victims of abuse.  The CAC utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to not only investigate allegations of child abuse, but to provide the appropriate services to victims and their families.  Additionally, team members in SVU lead the Passaic County Child Abduction Response Team (CART).

Programs unique to the Special Victims Unit include:

  • Passaic County Child Advocacy Center (CAC)
  • Passaic County Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT)
  • Child Interview Specialist (CIS)
  • Forensic Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team (FNE/SART)
  • Child Abduction Response Team (CART)

    Anyone who believes that a child may have been abused should call our office immediately at 973-837-7680. In addition, the law requires that DCPP be immediately contacted at 1-877-NJ-ABUSE.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor Mary Catherine Ryan supervises the Unit and can be reached at

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