Preventing sexual violence is critical. After homicide, sexual violence is the most costly violent crime in the U.S., costing $151,423 per incident in 2008 (DeLisi, et al., The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology Vol. 21, No. 4, August 2010, 501–513).
The Sexual Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) is federally funded through grants from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control for Sexual Violence Prevention and Education, the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant for Sexual Assault Victim Services and the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women's Sexual Assault Services Formula Grant Program. State funding is provided to the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence through The Rape Crisis Program Trust Fund (RCPTF). Pursuant to a two-year general revenue appropriation by the Florida Legislature, the Sexual Violence Prevention Program also receives funding for the Palm Beach County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center to provide a centralized, coordinated crisis response, to improve medical and mental health treatment of rape victims and to enhance the evidence collection process.
The SVPP supports the following activities: primary prevention educational trainings to the general public; operation of hotlines; training programs for professionals; efforts to increase awareness in underserved communities, social norms marketing campaigns, special projects, and services to victims of sexual assault through contracted providers.
Primary Prevention Education focuses on preventing sexual violence before it occurs. The SVPP funds sites throughout the state to provide presentations to change knowledge, attitudes and behaviors that promote sexual violence and to create change that will prevent sexual violence.
Education is based on addressing the underlying issues that result in rape and sexual violence and may include some of the following topics: bullying and sexual violence, consent and coercion, dating violence, drug facilitated rape, gender roles, healthy relationships, masculinity and sexual violence, media advocacy, oppression, primary prevention of sexual violence, role of bystanders, sexual harassment, and the law as it relates to sexual assault.
The Domestic Violence component of the SVPP offers technical assistance to County Health Departments on safety planning, internal operating policy, training, and assistance in building ongoing collaborative partnerships with domestic violence centers. Medical studies link long-term effects of domestic violence and abuse with a myriad of major health problems including smoking, diabetes, obesity, eating disorders and substance abuse.
For more information on domestic violence and healthcare, including resources for healthcare professionals, visit the Family Violence Prevention Fund's web site at www.endabuse.org, or contact the National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence toll-free at 1-888-Rx-Abuse (792-2873).
Program Scope: The SASP provides funding for intervention, advocacy, accompaniment (e.g., accompanying victims to court, medical facilities, police departments, etc.), support services, and related assistance to:
In 2003, the Florida legislature created the Sexual Battery Victims' Access to Services Act (F.S. 794.055) and the Rape Crisis Program Trust Fund (F.S. 794.056) in the Department of Health.
The Sexual Battery Victims' Access to Services Act acknowledges that victims of sexual assault in the state of Florida should have access to basic services including:
The Act creates a $151 ($1.00 for the court) surcharge on offenders convicted of sexual battery and other offenses including many of the aggravated battery and battery offenses. The RCPTF was created to accept collected surcharges and other funds designated for rape crisis services. The Department contracts with the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV) to distribute the trust fund monies to rape crisis centers throughout Florida. 64F-20.001 Distribution of Funds from the Rape Crisis Program Trust Fund.
The FCASV implemented a certification program for rape crisis centers to ensure high quality sexual violence services are provided to sexual violence victims in Florida. Five of the six core services must be achieved to receive trust fund money and to be considered a certified rape crisis center.
See a list of certified rape crisis centers by county.
Annually, the SVPP provides a report to the Florida Legislature regarding the Rape Crisis Program Trust Fund.