Enhancing Victim Services Project
Enhancing Victim Services throughout Rutgers University Project
A $2 million federal Victims of Crime Act grant was awarded to Rutgers University through the NJ Office of the Attorney General to increase support for victims/survivors of sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking on campus. The “Enhancing Victim Services throughout Rutgers University” project is housed at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) at the Rutgers School of Social Work. Dr. Sarah McMahon, Associate Professor and Associate Director of VAWC serves as the principal investigator for the grant. Dr. McMahon works with the co-PI and University-wide Title IX Coordinator Judith Ryan as well as a designated advisory board to provide overall guidance for the project. The Enhancing Victim Services project is a collaboration between VAWC and members of Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark campuses that address sexual and dating violence. These members include representatives from Student Affairs, Title IX Coordinators, and the Offices for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance.
The main project goals are the expand direct services for victims/survivors on Newark, New Brunswick, and Camden campuses; train students and staff to connect victims to services; engage the university in sexual violence prevention efforts; and strengthen the coordinated, university-wide approach to sexual and dating violence.
Funding provided by this grant allows for an Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) to exist on all 3 campuses, extending support and information to students throughout the Rutgers community. In addition, VAWC is developing university-wide messaging through a campaign during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a PSA, and a centralized website highlighting the resources that exist on campus for victim/survivors.
The Center on Violence Against Women and Children is providing technical assistance to each of the campuses to strengthen their response, ensuring compliance with state and federal grant reporting, and supplying evaluation to the grant activities to determine the effectiveness and impact of the campus efforts.
If you are looking for an overview of all services related to victim services on each campus, please follow the below link