Ep.1 Devil's Dissections (1)
Air Date: 2015-09-23
In Part 1 of the two-part 17th-season opener, the squad revisit a crime scene where bodies were buried by a serial killer. Rollins tries to get a confession, but the killer reveals shocking new info instead.
Ep.2 Criminal Pathology (2)
Air Date: 2015-09-23
In the conclusion of the two-part 17th-season opener, a serial killer reveals shocking new info, and problems in the case mount as Barba faces slick lawyers in court.
Ep.3 Transgender Bridge
Air Date: 2015-09-30
When a transgender teen is assaulted by high school bullies, the case quickly escalates to tragedy, and the squad agonizes over whether the punishment fits the crime.
Ep.4 Institutional Fail
Air Date: 2015-10-07
A malnourished toddler is found wandering and leads police to another ill child from the same home. The investigation eventually lands the Department of Child Services in hot water. Meanwhile, Chief Dodds tells Benson to expect some changes at her squad.
Ep.5 Community Policing
Air Date: 2015-10-14
An unarmed black man is shot by three police officers who claim they were following proper procedure while pursuing a rape suspect. As racial tensions mount throughout the city, Barba indicts the three cops.
Ep.6 Maternal Instincts
Air Date: 2015-10-21
A violinist is raped by her colleague, but he doesn't remember committing the crime and claims he was drugged and robbed by a hired escort. Meanwhile, Rollins' mother throws a baby shower for her; and Sgt. Mike Dodds reports to work at the SVU squad.
Ep.7 Patrimonial Burden
Air Date: 2015-11-04
When a pious TV family's reputation is shattered by a teen pregnancy scandal, SVU uncovers the reality behind the reality show.
Ep.8 Melancholy Pursuit
Air Date: 2015-11-11
The search for a missing teenager takes an emotional toll on Dodd, DNA could lead to the teen's abductor.
Ep.9 Depravity Standard
Air Date: 2015-11-18
Lt. Benson seeks justice in the trial of child abductor Lewis Hodda, but when a plea deal is rejected, Barba must rely on decades-old evidence to make his case and faces off against former SVU colleague Dr. Huang.
Ep.10 Catfishing Teacher
Air Date: 2016-01-06
A high school student plans a clandestine hookup with his female teacher but ends up in a far more sinister situation.
Ep.11 Townhouse Incident
Air Date: 2016-01-13
Benson is taken hostage when she tries to stop a home invasion.
Ep.12 A Misunderstanding
Air Date: 2016-01-20
A murky he-said, she-said date rape case ruins the futures of two high school students.
Ep.13 Forty-One Witnesses
Air Date: 2016-02-03
A woman is followed home and raped outside her building, where several neighbors witness the crime but fail to call for help.
Ep.14 Nationwide Manhunt (1)
Air Date: 2016-02-10
Chicago P.D. detectives Lindsay (guest star Sophia Bush) and Dawson (guest star Jon Seda) join the SVU in the hunt for two escaped murderers (returning guest stars Dallas Roberts and Jefferson Mays) they helped to convict. (Part 1 of a 2-part Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Chicago P.D. crossover)
Ep.15 Collateral Damages
Air Date: 2016-02-17
Two high-profile suspects are arrested in the takedown of an online pedophile ring following a sting operation.
Ep.16 Star-Struck Victims
Air Date: 2016-02-24
When a lack of evidence leads Barba to drop rape charges against a popular actor; Rollins takes matters into her own hands.
Ep.17 Manhattan Transfer
Air Date: 2016-03-02
A sexual exploitation case involving Catholic schoolgirls results in surprising charges against people in esteemed leadership positions, including judges, lawmakers, lawyers and cops.
Ep.18 Unholiest Alliance
Air Date: 2016-03-23
When one of their own is implicated in a cover-up, the SVU struggles to unravel a sex trafficking operation deeply-rooted in government offices, the police department, and the Catholic Church.
Ep.19 Sheltered Outcasts
Air Date: 2016-03-30
Detective Carisi lives undercover at a homeless shelter to determine if one of its sex offender residents is the suspect in a string of neighborhood rapes.
Ep.20 Fashionable Crimes
Air Date: 2016-05-04
A young model is raped by a renowned fashion house photographer, who looks to his successful brother to make the charges disappear.
Ep.21 Assaulting Reality
Air Date: 2016-05-11
The producers of a reality TV dating series make Benson and the SVU team part of the show when they investigate a contestant's claim that she was raped.
Ep.22 Intersecting Lives
Air Date: 2016-05-18
A corrections officer is arrested for sexually assaulting female inmates in and out of prison, and the union that supports him targets Barba and the SVU.
Ep.23 Heartfelt Passages
Air Date: 2016-05-25
When the investigation of Corrections Officer Gary Munson deepens, he and his union take drastic actions that threaten the lives of ADA Barba and the SVU squad. 17th Season Finale