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Enhancing Victim Services Project


During the 2017-18 academic year a 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 Dr. Rita Seabrook as well as a designated advisory board to provide overall guidance for the project.

The grant was renewed for the 2018-19 academic year and continues to be a collaboration between VAWC and members of the Camden, New Brunswick, Newark, and most recently the RBHS campuses that addresses 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,  Camden, and RBHS 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 of the Rutgers 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. 


New Jersey Statewide Conference on Campus Sexual Violence 

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Advisory Board Members for the AG-VOCA Enhancing Victim Services Project

Sara Baumgartner, Senior Associate Athletic Director

Nancy Cantor, Chancellor Newark

Kenneth Cop, Executive Director Police Services

Mary Beth Daisey, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Camden

Debasish Dutta, Chancellor New Brunswick

Tim Fournier, Senior VP for Ethics and Compliance

Phoebe Haddon, Chancellor Camden

John Hoffman, General Counsel

Barbara Lee, Senior VP for Academic Affairs

Peter McDonough, Senior VP for External Affairs

Felicia McGinty, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs New Brunswick

Cathryn Potter, Dean of Rutgers School of Social Work

Jill Richards, Director of Counseling and Psychiatric Services

Brian Strom, Chancellor RBHS

Karen Stubaus, VP for Academic Affairs and Administration

Corlisse Thomas, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Newark

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