Under a 2005 federal cooperative agreement among the New Jersey Division on Women’s (DOW) Rape Care and Prevention Program, the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services’ Office on Women’s Health, New Jersey has been one of six states selected by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention to lead the nation in the effort to prevent the perpetration of sexual violence through the CDC’s EMPOWER (Enhancing and Making Programs and Outcomes Work to End Rape) Project. 

The EMPOWER project increases New Jersey’s capacity to address the prevention of sexual violence perpetration.  With the help of a 30-member NJ State Prevention Team, this project incorporates the CDC’s Public Health Approach and Principles of Effective Prevention Programs within a Getting to Outcomes Framework to address the primary prevention of sexual violence. This innovative effort links the common risk and protective factors of other public health issues such as alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse to build the capacity of New Jersey to address the issue of sexual violence.  For more information, call 609-292-8840.