The Alliance has compiled a number of resources available for survivors, their friends and families, and professionals assisting survivors in New York City.
Offices of the District Attorney
Bronx County DA, Domestic Violence and Sex Offense Bureau
The Child Abuse/Sex Crimes Bureau (CAS) prosecutes all sexual assault cases involving both child and adult victims.
The Crime Victims Assistance Unit (CVAU)
Kings County DA, Sex Crimes and Special Victims Bureau
Oversees the investigation and prosecution of felony and misdemeanor sexual assault cases, involving victims who are eleven years of age and older. The cases managed by the bureau include serial rapists, teachers who sexually assault students, crimes of incest and police officers who commit sexual assault.
Counseling Service Unit
Manhattan DA, Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit
Established in 1974, it was the first Unit in the country dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault (rape, sodomy, and sexual abuse). The Unit is staffed by forty senior ADAs, who are selected not only for their ability in the courtroom, but also because they exhibit a sensitivity to the issues unique to survivors of these crimes. The SCPU has been the model for units like it all over the country, because of the improved services provided to survivors of sexual assault, and because of the dramatic increase in the conviction rate of sex offenders.
Witness Aid Services Unit
Queens County DA, Special Victims Bureau
The assistant district attorneys in the Special Victims Bureau are responsible for the prosecution of every felony case that involves sex crimes, child abuse or elder abuse. Experienced, senior assistants participate in early case enhancement through the riding program by meeting with victims at the outset of the case, whether at the hospital, the precinct, or in the District Attorney's Office. By responding to cases on call at the earliest stage, assistants can establish a supportive relationship with victims and ensure successful prosecution of this special category of cases. The assistants in the Special Victims bureau have been specially trained in the handling of sex crimes and child abuse cases and keep their cases from indictment through trial to ensure that each case is successfully prosecuted. Most of the assistants have attended national training programs on these issues and the bureau conducts occasional seminars on subjects of interest in the field, bringing doctors and psychologists to inform the assistant district attorneys about developments in proof of these cases. The bureau keeps all Special Victims Bureau felony cases from indictment through trial.
Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program (SAVI)
Richmond County DA, Sex Crimes/ Special Victims Bureau
Investigates and prosecutes sex crimes, child abuse, domestic violence and crimes against seniors. Specially-trained prosecutors are assisted by victim advocates who accompany victims to court appearances, discuss safety issues and provide referrals for counseling. The Bureau's office space, which contains a children's playroom/ interview room, is designed to provide pleasant surroundings and to maximize privacy during interviews. Staff of the bureau are available to address students, community groups and organizations on sex crimes, child abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse issues.
Deesha Narichania looks on during the 2011 Celebration of Excellence Presentation and Awards Ceremony