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The statistics on sexual violence are staggering. According to the CDC’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. To address this serious issue, New Jersey through the Division on Women’s (DOW) Rape Care and Prevention Program (RCPP) provides support and technical assistance to Sexual Violence Programs (SVP) in all 21 counties. 


RCPP was established in DOW in 1996.  Its main functions are to: 

  • Administer state and federal funds to SVP’s in each county, Rutgers University and the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Provide technical assistance to Sexual Violence Programs
  • Collaborate 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. Additionally the SVP’s conduct sexual violence prevention strategies aimed at reducing perpetration.  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