SEXUAL VIOLENCE PROGRAM
180’s caring staff provides immediate and long term support in assisting clients with the trauma they have experienced through sexual violence, while supporting them in obtaining services and making decisions that will turn their lives around.
We are committed to providing:
Support During Crisis & Long Term Group Counseling for victims and families affected by sexual violence.
Advocacy – assisting our clients in acquiring the services and support they need from other organizations and government agencies.
Sexual Assault Survivor’s Protection Act (SASPA)
On May 9, 2016, the Sexual Assault Survivor Protection Act (SASPA) took effect. SASPA expands access to Protective Orders to survivors of sexual assault.
- SASPA provides an opportunity for any person who alleges that they were a victim of nonconsensual sexual contact, sexual penetration and lewdness, or any attempt at such conduct, to apply for protection.
- An application may also be filed by the parents or guardians of the alleged victim, in instances in which the alleged victim is less than 18 years old, or has a developmental disability.
- Anyone who is eligible to seek relief through the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act (PDVA) may not apply under SASPA.
SASPA Protective Orders provide protection for the victim from a) further nonconsensual sexual contact; b) being in intentional close proximity to the perpetrator; c) contact (written, phone, or through third parties) from the perpetrator; d) stalking; e) harassment, including cyber-harassment; and f) any other relief the court deems appropriate.
To get a SASPA Protective Order – complete the application at Family Court during normal court hours. Based on the information provided, either a judge or Domestic Violence Hearing Officer (DVHO) can hear the application. A Temporary Protective Order (TPO) may be granted when it’s “necessary to protect the safety and well-being of an alleged victim”. If a TPO is granted, a hearing in Family Court will be heard within ten (10) days, for consideration of a Final Protective Order (FPO). During this hearing, the judge will consider the likelihood of the re-occurrence of one or more acts of the prohibited conduct “and the possibility of future risk to the safety and well-being of the alleged victim”.
Look for the 180 court liaisons at Family Court in Freehold – we are pleased to help you or your loved one get assistance!
Education & Prevention – Striving to break the cycle of violence by bringing our vast expertise in the areas of sexual violence to the classroom, professional organizations and community groups.
Outreach – Working to mobilize concerned individuals, organizations, & community groups to join our efforts to end violence against women, men and children.
Our sexual violence hotline is the 24 hour supportive connection for individuals in crisis. Providing immediate counseling, and critical information for callers, the hotline is also a referral agent to additional resources and counseling programs. Our toll-free Sexual Assault Hotline: (888) 264-Rape (7273) or (732) 264-RAPE is available 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week and is completely confidential.