Question: What is a Sexually Violent Predator evaluation?

Answer: In Indiana, a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) is someone “who suffers from a mental abnormality or personality disorder that makes the individual likely to repeatedly commit a sex offense.” [Indiana Code 35-38-1-7.5.] An offender may petition for a hearing to remove the SVP designation. If the court approves the petition, they assign 2 professionals to conduct separate psychological evaluations.

Question: What happens in a Sexually Violent Predator evaluation?

Answer: The main goal is to assess the person’s risk of reoffending; of continuing to be a severe threat to the community. At minimum, this involves obtaining a complete criminal history and full psychological profile.