Elizabeth, NJ – A new bilingual service from the Union County Rape Crisis Center is enabling Spanish-speaking victims of sexual assault to seek help and support in their native language.
“Making informed decisions is a vital part of the healing process,” said Alexander Mirabella, Chairman of the Union County Freeholder Board. “This new service will help ensure that language does not pose a barrier to victims of sexual assault who are seeking information and guidance.”
The Rape Crisis Center has been part of Union County’s Department of Human Services since 1984. Trained professionals provide counseling in person to victims, their families, and friends. The Center also runs a 24-hour hotline, (908) 233-7273.
Many persons who call upon the Center are dealing with the aftermath of sexual assault without help from family or friends. Staff and trained volunteers step in, on the victim’s request. They provide crisis counseling, and they go with the victim to the hospital, police station, and/or court.
Until recently, these services have been offered primarily in English. Now, bilingual staff is available for persons who need help in Spanish.
To help spread the word, the Rape Crisis Center is distributing flyers in Spanish to community groups throughout Union County. Copies are available as downloads at the County website, www.ucnj.org, or in print by calling (908) 233-7273.