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Sexual Violence Program Members
The New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault is the statewide voice for the countless survivors of sexual assault and their loved ones in New Jersey, and represents the 21 county-based Sexual Violence Programs (SVPs) in New Jersey, plus the Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance at Rutgers University.
The SVPs in New Jersey provide a variety of services to survivors of sexual assault, including:
- 24-hour crisis response of a Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate. A Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate is a specially trained advocate whose interactions with a client are protected by legal confidentiality.
- 24-hour hotline.
- Individual counseling for survivors and significant others as well as group counseling.
- Response to Sexual Assault Response Team activation (SART). These teams are made up of law enforcement officers, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and a Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate.
- Legal, medical, and systems advocacy.
- Information and referral services.
- Community education and awareness programs.
- Primary prevention strategies.
NJCASA member SVPs operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year serving survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones.
In 2010 our programs provided counseling to 4,375 survivors and their loved ones; answered 16,880 hotline calls and emails; and accompanied 1,972 survivors to medical/ forensic exams, police investigations or court appearances.
Each SVP also leads a primary prevention community coalition that identifies communities and strategies for implementation of prevention programs in their county, usually at middle and high schools, college campuses, or other youth serving organizations.