Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise public awareness and education surrounding sexual violence. On our campus, the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA) is tasked with ensuring all students, faculty, and staff are aware of the resources on and off campus for those who are affected by sexual violence. VPVA offers a confidential source of support, as well as education on how to support your fellow community members.
The kickoff began on April 3rd with Turn The Campus Teal!
During this month, we will offer programming for all students, staff, and faculty:
- April 11: We showcased our Clothesline Project in Samuels Plaza
- April 11 - May 1: Join in us in learning how WE can help YOU! Take the #WeSpeak Survey to provide feedback on sexual violence on campus and enter to win some great prizes!
- April 12: Join us in supporting survivors and those affected by sexual and partner violence with Take Back the Night from 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm in Samuels Plaza.
- April 19: Luncheon and Discussion on Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence
- April 25: National Denim Day - rock your denim!
Feel free to stop by our office to pick up information, or learn how you can help spread awareness!
Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance
249 University Avenue, Blumenthal Hall, Room 203
Newark, NJ 07102-1809
Mission & Goals
The Office for Violence Prevention & Victim Assistance (VPVA) is dedicated to raising
awareness about sexual violence and encouraging bystander support. Dismantling the culture that
supports sexual violence requires that we work on many different fronts, from providing front
line support to victims and complainants, to developing violence prevention initiatives, to
working together to eliminate oppression in all its forms. The office opened in October of 2017
and is supported by a grant from the NJ Attorney General's office.
Our services include crisis intervention, advocacy and education. We also serve as liaisons to
connect students with Residence Life, Counseling Center, and Academic Advisors, to ensure they
feel supported in the ways needed. VPVA is a confidential resource.
How Can I Get Involved?
Everyone in the Rutgers community can foster an environment that supports VPVA’s mission to
prevent violence and increase awareness. We can all support those involved in sexual assault
cases by educating ourselves, understanding our resources, and believing survivors when they
come forward. You can also support VPVA by simply spreading the word about.