The goal of the Sexual Assault Unit (SAU) is to provide the best police and social services available to the victims of sexual assault. The Sexual Assault Unit will accomplish this task by conducting thorough and detailed follow-up investigations of all sexual assaults reported to and under the jurisdiction of the City of Boston. Understanding the difficulty and trauma placed upon the victims of sexual assault our approach mandates sensitivity to victims needs. We encourage the victims to use the services provided for them through our many partners located at the Family Justice Center as well as those in the social services, medical, and legal community. We hope these referrals will empower the victim with getting back some control of their life.
The SAU unit currently has a staff of 19 sworn personnel and 3 civilian liaison advocates. Each of the (6) detective squads is comprised of one Sergeant Detective and two squad detectives. These squads respond to victims' calls for assistant 24 hours a day/365 days per year.
The unit is a participating and founding member of the Boston Area Sexual Response (SARRT) Team. This team is comprised of members of the District Attorneys Office, Social Services agencies such as the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Victims Rights Law Center, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, and the Boston Police as well as law enforcement agencies from local colleges and the Mass State Police. This group meets on a regular basis to identify and resolve a myriad of issues concerning some of the complicated challenges faced by agencies when dealing with survivors of a sexual assault.
The unit receives referrals for victim assistance from BPD district stations, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office as well as other law enforcement agencies in the greater Boston Area. We work closely Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley's office including his Assistant District Attorneys and the victim witness advocates in preparing investigations for criminal prosecution. Most importantly, through the Family Justice Center we attempt to bring a broad range of services to the victim.
The Sexual Assault Unit Commander Lieutenant Detective George Juliano reports directly Captain Genevieve King who oversees the Family Justice Division of the Boston Police Department. The Family Justice Division is co-located at the Family Justice Center, 989 Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton, MA 02115.
You can contact the Sexual Assault Unit directly at the following numbers:
Office: (617) 343-4400
Fax: (617) 343-4861