- About Us
- Government & Policy
- Education & Training
- Sexual Violence in NJ
The Mission of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault is to:
- promote the compassionate and just treatment of survivors, their loved ones and significant others,
- foster collaborative relationships between community systems, and
- affect attitudinal and behavioral changes in society as we work toward the elimination of sexual violence against all people.
NJCASA has four major Program Areas in furtherance of NJCASA’s mission:
- Training and Education – Margaret Mikkelsen, Coordinator
- Intervention Services and Outreach
- Policy and Government Affairs – Jennifer Nix, Director
- Prevention and Evaluation – Jyoti Venketraman, Director
NJCASA’s Training and Education program area focuses on providing basic and advanced training and technical assistance to its member Sexual Violence Programs, allied professionals in health, law enforcement, counseling, and prevention, and the general public. NJCASA utilizes NJ and national experts to provide training through the Training Institute and customized presentations.
NJCASA’s Training Institute consists of five training tracks:
- Sexual Violence Interventions / Direct Services
- Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence
- Sexual Violence and Colleges / Universities
- Sexual Violence Advocacy and Policy
- Sexual Violence for Criminal Justice Professionals.
The Intervention Services and Outreach program area focuses primarily on the support and development of the SVPs to provide services to survivors and their loved ones, advocacy for appropriate and sufficient statewide survivor-centered policies and procedures, and building awareness about sexual violence issues statewide.
Major areas where the Intervention Services and Outreach program area intersects with statewide work are:
- State SART Coordinating Council
- Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate (CSVA) Certification
- Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP) Funding Administration
- No Wrong Door
- College Chapters
- College Consortium
NJCASA’s actions in advocating for policy and legislation on sexual violence is based on our expertise on sexual violence, feedback from our member Sexual Violence Programs and our connections with other allied organizations state-wide and nationally. NJCASA drafts and advocates for legislation and policies that will improve the system response to sexual violence.
Major areas where the Policy and Government Affairs program area intersects with statewide and national work are:
- Amicus Briefs
- Governor’s Advisory Council Against Sexual Violence
- National Alliance to End Sexual Violence
- State Sexual Violence Coalition Staff Attorneys
- Human Trafficking Task Force
There is more than one approach to violence prevention. Potential victims taking steps to protect themselves is a good idea – but doesn’t solve the problem. NJCASA and its allies are committed to primary prevention – changing the social environment that allows and fosters the exploitation of one person by another. NJCASA applies research and public health tools to reduce the epidemic of sexual violence in our communities and neighborhoods.
Major areas where the Prevention and Evaluation Program Area intersects with statewide and national work are:
- The EMPOWER prevention project, funded through CDC
- Prevention Coordinator’s Workgroup
- State Prevention Team and Capacity Building Team
- Statewide Gender Norms Survey
- Bystander Intervention Strategies
- Gender Equity Strategies
- Data Collection