24-Hour Hotline: 908-233-7273
Administrator: Tamara Adelman 24-hour Hotline: 908-233-RAPE (7273)
Fax: 908-654-0260 Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mission & Vision
The Union County Rape Crisis Center (UCRCC) is a program under the Division of Individual & Family Support Services in the Union County Department of Human Services. By engaging in direct service, primary prevention education, training, and consultation, the UCRCC aims to shift prevailing beliefs and attitudes toward intolerance of all forms of interpersonal violence.
Working together as members of a team, our goal is to excel in exhibiting compassion, respect, dependability, and integrity while serving and empowering victims of sexual violence.
All services are confidential and free of charge. All services are provided in a manner that preserves victim privacy and safeguards the victim’s right to confidentiality pursuant to (N.J.S.A. 2A:84A-22.15).
If you are interested in learning more, please do not hesitate to contact us at 908-233-7273.
Crisis Counseling / In-Person Accompaniment
UCRCC operates a twenty-four (24) hour sexual assault crisis response and informational hotline. Via the 24 hour hotline, specially trained Confidential Sexual Violence Advocates (CSVAs) provide emotional support, crisis counseling, in-person accompaniment through medical proceedings (i.e. sexual assault forensic examinations) and law enforcement interviews (i.e. filing a police report or making a statement with the police, legal meetings, and/or court proceedings, including but not limited to civil protective/restraining order hearings), advocacy, and information.
To better serve our diverse community, we have several bi-lingual CSVAs and have access to a translation service. Within our current group of Advocates, we can assist in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Tagalog.
UCRCC offers free, confidential, trauma informed short-term counseling services to survivors of sexual violence and survivor’s non-offending significant others. Our goal is to help clients heal from issues stemming from the trauma of sexual violence, increase healthy coping strategies, and create support systems. Our licensed counselors are professionally trained and use a variety of therapeutic approaches tailored toward each survivor and their healing process.
Prevention / Community Education
A major objective of the UCRCC is to teach youth how to analyze and evaluate the way media shapes gender roles, impacts self-image, promotes or challenges social norms, and influences attitudes and behaviors though a curriculum entitled ‘Gender and Violence: How Media Shapes our Culture,’ This program is currently geared toward youth, but can be adapted for other groups.
Presentations are available for community-based organizations to further understanding and awareness of sexual violence. They can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization and can be conducted during non-traditional business hours.
The Clothesline Project is an activity that allows participants to take a stand against sexual and domestic violence. Participants are invited to express their thoughts and feelings in the form of art projects on t-shirts. The idea is to stand in solidarity by sending the message that violence hurts, violence is wrong, and violence has no place in our community.
Information / Resources
Multi-agency service referrals are also available for survivors and family members seeking medical, legal and/or financial information, as well as other community resources.
UCRCC trains volunteers in the community to serve as Confidential Sexual Violence Advocates (CSVAs). Volunteers answer calls via the 24 hour hotline and provide in-person accompaniment. Once trained, opportunities can extend to helping with outreach and/or training.
Volunteer Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate (CSVA) Training
The Union County Rape Crisis Center is looking for dedicated individuals who are interested in helping survivors of sexual violence.
Due to COVID-19, we are unsure if we will be able to hold our in-person trainings and are exploring virtual opportunities. If you are interested, please reach out to our office for updates.
Volunteer Requirements: Resident of Union County, 18 years of age or older, Valid U.S. driver’s license, Personal (own) means of transportation (i.e. a car), Participation in an informal interview between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday, Successful completion of Advocate training, which includes attendance at all sessions, Commitment to volunteer for a period of at least one year, Commitment to signing up for at least three hotline shifts per month; one of which must be an overnight, and Regular attendance at monthly volunteer meetings (evening)
*If you meet these requirements and are interested in interviewing, kindly phone us at (908) 233-7273 or email email@example.com.