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New Jersey Conference on Campus Sexual Violence

New Jersey Conference on Campus Sexual Violence
Thursday, March 28, 2019
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Rutgers Continuing Education Center at the Atrium, Somerset, NJ

Registration Now Open! 

Hosted by the Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) at the Rutgers University School of Social Work

View the tentative conference schedule here 


This conference is designed for the following groups:

  • Higher education administrators
  • Higher education practitioners
  • Secondary school administrators
  • Service providers


  • To provide evidence-informed approaches to campus sexual violence response and prevention 
  • To give participants opportunities to listen and learn from leaders in the field as well as identify and plan their respective initiatives in breakout sessions


  • To offer insight and guidance on the future direction and vision for New Jersey’s higher education institutions’ responses to campus sexual violence
  • To discuss how to build capacity within their institutions among stakeholders for effective prevention and response
  • To allow institutions to share resources, build collaboration, develop unified goals, and work together to strengthen higher education’s response to campus sexual violence in the state

Recommendations from the New Jersey Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault report (2017) will serve as the basis for the conference’s events. VAWC's work addressing campus sexual violence will be highlighted throughout the day.

This conference has received funding from the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General through the Victims of Crime Act.


In the 2017 New Jersey Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault Report, recommendations highlighted the need for capacity-building, support, and expertise at colleges and universities to better address the issue of campus sexual violence. Improving the response to campus sexual violence statewide will greatly benefit victims and the accused, as well as the larger higher education community by promoting a culture of safety, respect, and healthy relationships that can ultimately lower the rates of sexual violence.

One of the first steps to building capacity is to convene representatives from New Jersey institutions of higher education to learn more about best practices and to exchange ideas.

Based on the recommendations from the New Jersey Task Force, this conference will offer secondary school administrators an introduction to the issue of sexual violence and its relationship to their high school populations, as well as how to bridge efforts between high schools and institutions of higher education to more effectively address the matter

Tentative Conference Schedule

8–9 a.m.: Registration, breakfast, and exhibitor tables open  

9–9:15 a.m.: Welcome by Sarah McMahon, M.S.W., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Rutgers School of Social Work and Director, Center on Violence Against Women and Children,and Cathryn Potter, M.S.W., Ph.D., Dean, Rutgers School of Social Work

9:15–9:30 a.m.: Remarks by Gurbir Grewal, Esq., New Jersey Attorney General 

9:30–9:55 a.m.: New Jersey Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault recommendations overview by Patricia Teffenhart, M.P.A., Executive Director, New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault

9:55–10:15 a.m.: Audience question and answer session

10:15–10:30 a.m.: Break 

10:30–11:45 a.m.: Morning breakout sessions 

12–12:30 p.m.: Lunch and Visioning Campus Sexual Violence Prevention 2.0: Stronger Through Connectionsby Victoria Banyard, Ph.D., professor, Rutgers School of Social Work

12:30 - 1 p.m.: Informal Networking

1-1:30 p.m.: Lessons Learnined: Insights from Campus Service Providers 

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.: Engaging Senior Leadership as Partners to Address Campus Sexual Violence 

2:15–2:30 p.m.: Break

2:30–3:30 p.m.: Afternoon breakout sessions

3:30–4 p.m.: Reflection and Wrap Up–Where to Go from Here

Conference Information

  • Registration is now open
  • Registration fee: $20 (includes breakfast and lunch) 
  • New Jersey and New York licensed social workers (LSW/LCSW) and LPCs can earn 6 continuing education (CE) credits for conference participation Those seeking CEU certification will be required to pay a separate $40 fee.
  • Click here for mail registration

Breakout Descriptions

Coming soon!


If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Lowe Hoffman at

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