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Sexual Violence Prevention
Contact the Violence and Injury Prevention Section
Violence and Injury Prevention Section
4052 Bald Cypress Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399
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).
Our Vision Statement: To end sexual violence in Florida.
Our Mission Statement: To empower individuals and organizations in Florida to end sexual violence through social change, advocacy, education and training.
The Violence and Injury Prevention Section (VIPS) administers the following federal funds:
- National Center for Injury Prevention and Control for Rape Prevention and Education and Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (PHHSBG) funds are utilized at the local level to implement primary sexual violence prevention.
The Green Dot Strategy has been identified by the VIPS for widespread implementation in Florida. The Green Dot strategy is a set of bystander interventions aimed at educating individuals to recognize high risk situations that may result in sexual violence and to teach bystanders the skills to assess a situation and intervene in a safe and effective manner. This intervention may be used at a middle school, high school, college/university, or in a community setting.
The following organizations will implement the Green Dot strategy for a five-year period (2015-2020 or 2016-2021): Women’s Center of Jacksonville, Sunrise of Pasco, University of Central Florida, South Brevard Women’s Center, Refuge House, the Florida Department of Health in Washington County, Florida State University, Betty Griffin House, Panhandle Area Educational Consortium, Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, Center for Abuse & Rape Emergencies and Palm Beach County.
- U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women for the Sexual Assault Services Formula Grant Program (SASP): VIPS contracts with the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV) to administer SASP to enhance the provision of sexual battery recovery services at certified rape crisis centers.
- U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women for the Services-Training-Officers-Prosecutors (STOP) program: FCASV receives STOP funds to provide training and technical assistance to first responders at certified rape crisis centers, law enforcement agencies and allied professionals to improve the provision of the sexual battery recovery services for sexual assault victims.
The VIPS administers the following state funds:
- Rape Crisis Program Trust Fund (RCPTF): VIPS contracts with FCASV to administer the Rape Crisis Program Trust Fund to enhance the provision of sexual battery recovery services at certified rape crisis centers.
- General Revenue: VIPS contracts with the FCASV to administer general revenue funds to enhance the provision of sexual battery recovery services at certified rape crisis centers.
- VIPS contracts with 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, and recurring general revenue funds to improve the provision of sexual battery recovery services for sexual violence victims.
Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP)
Rape Crisis Program Trust Fund (RCPTF)
The VIPS funds rape crisis centers in Florida to provide the following services 24/7 to primary victims of sexual violence: crisis intervention, information and referral, advocacy and accompaniment, counseling, therapy, and support groups.
If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault, call the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence’s (FCASV) toll-free hotline at 1-888-956-7273 or visit FCASV’s website at www.FCASV.org.
The VIPS funds rape crisis centers in Florida to provide 24/7 hotline services to victims of sexual violence. Hotline services are monitored to ensure victims receive quality information.
VIPS offers technical assistance to Departments of Health in local counties 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.
If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, call the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s (FCADV) toll-free hotline at 1-800-500-1119 or visit FCADV’s website at www.FCADV.org.
Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP)
The Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Violence Against Women provides Sexual Assault Services Program (SASP) grant funding to the Department. The Department passes these funds to FCASV, who subcontracts the funds to eight certified rape crisis programs.
SASP provides funding for intervention, advocacy, accompaniment (e.g., accompanying victims to court, medical facilities, police departments, etc.), support services, and related assistance to:
- Adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault
- Family and household members of such victims
- Those collaterally affected by the victimization (e.g., friends, coworkers, classmates), except for the perpetrator of such victimization
- Support outreach and awareness activities to underserved populations
Rape Crisis Program Trust Fund (RCPTF)
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 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 fines, fees, and other funds designated for rape crisis services. The Department contracts with 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 implements a certification program for certified rape crisis centers to ensure high-quality 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.
- 24/7 hotline services
- Information and referral
- Crisis intervention
- Advocacy and accompaniment services
- Community awareness
- System coordination
- Support groups/personal growth groups
- Prevention/risk reduction education
- Medical intervention/forensic evidence collection
Find your local rape crisis center.
See the General Revenue (GR) Funding Formula.
Annually, the VIPS provides a report to the Florida Legislature regarding the Rape Crisis Program Trust Fund.
The Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization ACT (VAWA), has improved the systemic response to sexual violence victims by funding intervention services. FCASV receives STOP funds to provide training and technical assistance to first responders at certified rape crisis centers, law enforcement agencies and allied professionals to improve the provision of the sexual battery recovery services for sexual assault victims.
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