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Approximately $4.3 Million in Funding Directed Toward Sexual Violence Programs

For Immediate Release Contact: Ernest Landante, Jr.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 609-292-0422

TRENTON - New Jersey Department of Children and Families Commissioner Allison Blake toured Hudson SPEAKS today to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Her visit continues the Christie Administration's commitment to prevent sexual violence and assist its survivors with needed services. Hudson SPEAKS is located at the former site of the Hudson County Rape Crisis Center in Jersey City.

"Rape crisis centers are essential to ensure sexual violence survivors receive the advocacy, support, and care they critically need to recover," said Commissioner Blake.  "These centers would not be possible without the selfless support of dedicated volunteers working around the clock to staff phones and assist survivors."

Hudson SPEAKS, located within Christ Hospital, is sponsored by the non-profit CarePoint Health Foundation (CPHF), which raises funds to strengthen access to healthcare for uninsured and underinsured Hudson County residents.

"As part of the CarePoint Health Foundation mission to serve the community, we are very proud of the accomplishments of our Rape Crisis Center, Hudson SPEAKS, which serves all of Hudson County," said Paula A. Nevoso, vice president of the CarePoint Health Foundation.

DCF's Division on Women funds agencies that provide rape care and prevention services in all 21 counties.  These programs, including Hudson SPEAKS, provide crisis intervention services to sexual violence survivors and their significant others.  DCF also funds rape prevention education programs, including a sexual violence media literacy program that explains the need to reduce rigid sexual stereotypes and promote equity and respect for women and girls.

Following Superstorm Sandy, the Christie Administration expanded the number of sexual violence prevention coordinators and other support services by directing more than $4.3 million in federal Social Services Block Grant funding to rape crisis centers and the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

CPHF sponsors programs related to health, wellness, prevention and education.  It also focuses on health screening, community education, outreach, and ensuring broad access to varied and extensive health services.

For sexual violence services, resources, and advocacy, call the 24-hour statewide hotline at 800-601-7200 or visit  Additional information is available on DCF's website at

DCF is dedicated to ensuring a better today and an even greater tomorrow for every individual the department serves.  In partnership with New Jersey's communities, DCF ensures the safety, well-being, and success of New Jersey's children and families.  DCF funds and directly provides services and support to over 100,000 women, children and families each month.

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