In the criminal justice system, sexually based crimes are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories.
Capt. Olivia Benson and her elite squad of dedicated detectives who investigate New York City's most vicious sexually-based offenses return for a gripping new season, relentlessly investigating each case in pursuit of justice for the victims.
A young girl is shot and Cosgrove teams with Det. Jalen Shaw to track down her killer. Benson and Stabler assist and realise it's more than a typical homicide. McCoy and Price seek justice against an international crime ring, but complications threaten the case.
A group of teens terrorising tourists has the SVU squad working overtime, so McGrath teams them up with the Bronx gang unit to track down a crucial lead.
Benson tries to help a pop star in a volatile relationship. Rollins struggles with taking the stress of work home with her. Fin teaches a rookie a lesson in respecting fellow officers.
A home invasion and kidnapping leads the SVU to a shocking discovery. Muncy tries to fit in with the squad.
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A young man asks the SVU for help when he suspects his boss is preying on his sister. Velasco tries to convince a reluctant witness to testify in court.
Rollins investigates an assault by a masked man at an underground party. Benson uncovers a suspect who may be valuable as a witness.
When the case against a popular sports star falls through, Benson digs into the suspect's past to uncover additional victims. Velasco is disappointed when he meets one of his heroes.
The SVU hunts for a violent suspect who killed a detective's child. Rollins ponders a potential opportunity.
Carisi and Rollins work together on an important arraignment. Benson tries to make Noah's Christmas wish come true when a case falls in her lap.
When Benson becomes the target of a ruthless gang leader, Capt. Duarte takes the case. Fin works with the Bronx SVU to help clear their case backlog. Sgt. Dixon offers to translate when a deaf student is raped.
While Benson tries to help the gang member who attacked her, Duarte reveals a shocking piece of evidence in the case. Fin is tasked with hiring new detectives for the Bronx SVU.
As Benson and Carisi put a vengeful crime boss on trial, Fin tries to help a woman who was drugged and left for dead. Velasco takes drastic action to get information from a witness.
A car accident leads the detectives on a search for an ambulance driver assaulting his charges. Fin gives Det. Bruno a tour of Manhattan SVU.
A recently released convict goes looking for his arresting officer, Fin Tutuola. Carisi tries to get an arrest warrant without a positive suspect ID.
A man with dementia confesses to murder, but Benson and Carisi believe there's more to the case. When rumours swirl around the squad room, Fin presses Velasco for the truth.
An Internet dating site becomes the source of terror for a young widow. Muncy struggles with Velasco's absence.
The search for a suspect drugging women's drinks in crowded bars leads the SVU to Muncy's brother. Churlish makes a risky move to impress Benson.
A construction tycoon interferes with an SVU investigation into her family. Carisi struggles to get an indictment when the complainant backs down.
Carisi must tread carefully when Maxwell's husband becomes a person of interest in an SVU investigation. Benson sends Velasco to take an old friend into custody.
Benson tries to help a student after she's assaulted on a field trip. Fin suspects a witness in the case may not be telling the whole truth.
Benson and Carisi are baffled when a series of assaults have the same M.O. but different DNA at each crime scene. Muncy believes Elias Olsen has struck again and is determined to prove it.
In the search for a revenge-for-hire crime ring, Benson and Stabler combine forces on a case that has now spread globally. Fin and Bruno help a rape victim assaulted a second time. Jet's plan to hack the dark web backfires and puts the team in danger.