This year, sexual violence centers served over 10,000 survivors and their loved ones throughout New Jersey.
This year, NJCASA's team provided training to over 600 professionals through our Training Institute and conference.
NJCASA successfully advocated for a full restoration of $4.1M allocated in the State Budget for sexual violence prevention and intervention services.
Throughout 2016, the NJCASA team created resources, developed and conducted a multitude of trainings, and explored special initiatives, all aiming to best serve those who serve survivors.
Through our Training Institute, NJCASA's team provided training to over 300 participants in 2016, ranging from serving survivors of violence who are later in life, the role of a confidential sexual violence advocate (CSVA), and developing competency to serve survivors who are men and boys. The team conducted both in-person trainings at our offices in Lawrenceville, online webinars to facilitate distance-learning, and was selected to present at the 2016 Rape Prevention Education meeting in Washington, D.C.
NJCASA staff also responded to over 100 requests for technical assistance in the second half of 2016, assisting both program members in the state of New Jersey, coalition colleagues throughout the country, and everywhere in between.
NJCASA's advocacy contributed to the passing of the Sexual Assault Survivors' Protection Act, which was enacted in May 2016. SASPA expands opportunities for survivors of sexual assault to apply for a protective order against the person who harmed them, without reporting to law enforcement or filing criminal charges. NJCASA developed online and print resources to support survivors as they navigate this new process.
NJCASA also successfully advocated for a full restoration of $4.1M allocated in the State Budget for sexual violence prevention and intervention services. Strengthening our foundations through budget advocacy allows New Jersey's 21 county-based programs to continue providing counseling, crisis response, community outreach, hotline support, and other critical services to survivors in New Jersey.
We partnered with the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence to present the first-ever statewide dual conference on sexual and domestic violence, "A Safer Garden State." Nearly 300 sexual and domestic violence professionals and allied professionals joined for a day of sessions covering the intersections of domestic and sexual violence. 92 percent of respondents strongly agreed that conference workshops increased their knowledge. NJCASA is exploring a second conference along with NJCEDV in fall 2018.
In an effort to explore the intersections of sexual violence and learn more about underserved communities, NJCASA continued its Community Conversations Initiative throughout 2016. We convened an in-person meeting of stakeholders who represent marginalized and underserved communities, to learn more about how we can better serve survivors.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2016
This year's SAAM theme, Prevention is Possible, focused on the contributions each and every one of us can make towards preventing sexual violence. – specifically, individuals, communities, and the private sector.
NJCASA participated in both in-person and online SAAM events, joining events around the state, panel discussions on sexual violence, presenting training to statewide audiences, Twitter chats on prevention, and more.