According to the Centers for Disease Control's 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, nearly 1 in 5 women in the United States have been raped in her lifetime. Nearly 1 in 2 women (44.6%) and 1 in 5 men (22.2%) has experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lives.
Survivors may experience emotional, physical, and psychological trauma that impact every aspect of their lives.
The New Jersey Division on Women's (DOW) Office on the Prevention of Violence Against Women (OPVAW) provides support and technical assistance to Sexual Violence Programs (SVP) in all 21 counties.
Established in 1992, OPVAW:
- Administers state and federal funds to SVP's in each county, Rutgers University and the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault
- Provides technical assistance to Sexual Violence Programs
- Collaborates with government and non-government agencies on federal, state and county levels to ensure the compassionate treatment of all survivors, and to plan, implement and evaluate sexual violence prevention strategies.
DOW-funded SVP's provide free and confidential 24-hour crisis services for survivors regardless of when the violence took place or whether the survivor makes a police report. SVP's also implement sexual violence prevention programs.
SVP services available in each county include:
- 24-hour hotline and crisis intervention
- 24-hour accompaniment to hospitals, police stations, and court proceedings
- Crisis counseling
- Prevention and education programs
Prevention of Violence Against Women (PVAW) grant funds are provided to sexual violence programs for research and programmatic projects that are involved with preventing violence against women and to improve the delivery of services to sexual violence survivors.
For more information, contact DOW at DOW@dcf.state.nj.us or at 609-888-7164.