Our Committment to Accessibility
At the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, our goal is to foster an accessible anti-sexual violence movement through centering anti-racist and anti-oppression principles. Accessibility is often understood in the context of cognitive or physical disability. While disability is a part of accessibility, access means that services and the culture within a space—at work, at home, or at school— supports people’s cultural needs and differences as well. Effective collective advocacy, prevention, and healing require us to be inclusive and uplift all voices in the movement, especially of those with marginalized identities. In order to do this, we must prioritize creating safe, inclusive spaces that are accessible to everyone.
NJCASA is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities and various needs. We are continually improving the user experience on our website, and applying the relevant accessibility standards to ensure our content is easy to use, understand, and perceive.
We currently provide:
- Closed and live captions and transcripts on virtual meetings, events, and videos
- Printed materials in various languages through our partner Mendoza Group
- Accommodation requests for our meetings and events
- Plain text documents available for download on our Online Campus for sexual violence service providers and community allies
- Accessibility tools that can be accessed by clicking “Accessibility/Translation.” Tools include: changing the contrast of text against the page, screen reader, screen mask, page magnifier, ruler, dictionary, adjustable font size, and page translation in over 150 languages. Please note the translator will not act as a substitute for trascreation. The translator tool is powered by Google Translate. Some languages may not accurately translate the text.
This webpage has been created in effort to share existing services, resources, and guidelines that center accessibility.
Culturally Specific Resources in New Jersey
Culturally specific services are created by and for specific cultural communities and provide support with an emphasis on the experiences and needs of survivors in such communities and with recognition of the cultural complexities and layered identities of every individual. In New Jersey, we have many incredible culturally specific services available for survivor of sexual violence.
Harambe Social Services
Harambe provides culturally relevant services, resources, and education rooted in the teachings and traditions of African culture to people impacted by interpersonal violence.
Hispanic Family Center of Southern NJ
Hispanic Family Center (HFC) offers bilingual advocacy, counseling services, and workshops to support survivors on their journey to healing.
Community Affairs & Resource Center
The Community Affairs & Resource Center (CARC) offers multi-lingual and multi-cultural advocacy and support services, classes, and workshops. Some of these services include DV/SV case management, advocacy referrals, and support groups.
Legal Services of New Jersey
Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) coordinates the statewide Legal Services system in New Jersey, providing free legal assistance to low-income people in civil matters.
Created as a program that caters to the needs of Middle Eastern and South Asian survivors, Wafa House provides a holistic range of services including legal advocacy, bilingual case management, counseling, and more.
Mercy Center’s Community Victim Advocacy Program helps victims and survivors (including family members) affected by interpersonal violence within Monmouth County.
(732) 774-9397 Ext. 127 or 126 (Spanish)
Manavi specifically addresses the needs of South Asian women affected by violence, provides culturally specific services, counseling, and advocacy.
Partners for Women and Justice
Offering free help to low-income survivors, Partners supports and guides survivors through the legal system and helps them establish safety and stability.
973-233-0111 Text: 732-535-6318
Jewish Family Service & Children’s Center of Clifton-Passaic
JFSC’s Project S.A.R.A.H. (Stop Abusive Relationships at Home) is a program that works to overcome cultural, legal, and religious barriers confronting individuals impacted by sexual violence. Project S.A.R.A.H. serves as a link between survivors in the Jewish community and the support systems and resources available to them.
Accessible Events, Meetings, & Media
Resources for practicing accessibility—in your organization, community, and everyday life.
Accessible Events & Meeting Guide
Design Inclusive Presentations: Understand and Prepare for Power Dynamics
University of Colorado Boulder’s has shared zoom accessibility recommendations on sound quality, video, chat, screen sharing, captioning, recording, transcripts, ASL Interpretation, breakout rooms, and polling here.
Social Media Accessibility
Rooted in Rights has shared tips and guidelines for creating accessible social media here.
Designing Accessible Print Materials
Vera institute provides a series of recommendations for designing accessible resources here.
Language Justice & Access
Resources for building a standard of multilingual, cross-cultural inclusivity as we work to prevent sexual violence and support survivors.
The Deaf Advocacy Project (DAP) is the only project in New Jersey that focuses on ending domestic and sexual violence within the Deaf community. The DAP team includes employees and volunteer advocates who are all Deaf. DAP works to build the capacity of domestic/sexual violence service providers and our allied partners to provide holistic, culturally appropriate services to Deaf survivors.
Esperanza United is an organization working to mobilize Latinx communities to end gender-based violence. The organization works with communities, other service providers, and systems to ensure Latinx families, and our communities receive culturally relevant advocacy and quality, appropriate, and effective resources. Esperanza United has created a toolkit that provides resources and support to build language access as a core service for survivors with limited English proficiency (LEP).
Mendoza Translations is a comprehensive language service provider with the mission to bridge the communication gap by providing language services of the highest quality, in a timely manner, at affordable rates.
Resource Sharing Project (RSP) works with advocacy programs, sexual assault coalitions, and state/territory administering agencies to support sexual violence survivors’ healing.
New Jersey Judiciary Interpreter Directory includes contact information for various agencies and individual freelancers offering language interpretation services.
Link Translations provides a list of language interpreters in New Jersey.
Learn about disability justice and how to support from the people piloting the movement.
Sins Invalid Coined the term “disability justice” Sins Invalid incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and LGBTQ / gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized. Led by disabled people of color, Sins Invalid’s performance work explores the themes of sexuality, embodiment, and the disabled body.
Mirror Memoirs An oral history project centering the narratives, healing, and leadership of LGBTQ survivors of color in the movement to end child sexual abuse. This project uses storytelling and survivor leadership to illuminate the needs and wisdom of survivors at this intersection.
Abolition & Disability Justice Coalition (ADJC) Aims to vision and build a world where everyone is empowered to live their best life and bring their whole selves without fear of policing, discrimination, violence, or isolation. Their guiding principles are to promote leadership of those most impacted, centeredness in community support and intervention, resourcing people directly, dismantling ableism, and decriminalizing disabled lives.
The Arc of New Jersey Promotes and protects the human rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. The Arc is committed to enhancing the quality of life of those individuals and their families through advocacy, empowerment, education, and prevention.