Sexual Assault Information

The Hanover Police Department offers a wide range of services regarding sexual assault. While we are dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of persons who commit sexual assaults, we also recognize that these are deeply personal crimes and that the wishes of the victim must be complied with. We strive to answer questions and provide information that enables victims to make informed decisions about the handling of their case. Ultimately, we will do as much or as little as the victim is comfortable with.

The Hanover Police Department is a certified You Have Options ProgramTM (YHOP) agency. This program works with law enforcement agencies to ensure they are meeting the highest standards in response to sexual violence so that people in the community feel confident when reporting. Our goal is to create an environment where victims of sexual assault are in complete control and able to share their experience without fear or pressure. 

Understanding that each person has unique needs and barriers when reporting, we acknowledge that justice is not the same for everyone. Anyone making a sexual assault report can decide to report it to the police for information only, for a partial investigation, or for a full investigation. 

For additional reporting information please see the brochure below.