Rape Recovery & Prevention

Our mission is to support and empower survivors of sexual violence by advocating for their rights, dignity and respect; provide community education; and facilitate professional collaboration.

The Rape Recovery Team (RRT) responds quickly and compassionately to survivors of sexual violence whether or not they have chosen to report the crime to police. Services are available to survivors of all genders in Duval, Nassau, and Baker Counties. Our approach to support is empowerment-based, providing access to information and resources so that survivors can make the choice they feel is best for them. Communications with RRT advocates are confidential.

Experiencing sexual violence can change a survivor's view of the world. Whether or not the survivor suffers any physical injuries, the emotional impact of the violence can be significant. Recovery can seem like an endless journey. Emotions such as fear, shame and confusion may continue long after the violence ends. There is support available for you wherever you are in the healing process.

Contact Us 24/7

You can reach a Rape Recovery Team Advocate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling the 24 Hour Rape Crisis Hotline: 904-721-7273.

Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE)

Survivors of sexual assault are entitled to a sexual assault forensic medical exam. The Women’s Center of Jacksonville’s (WCJ) Rape Recovery Team (RRT) provides sexual assault forensic medical exams to survivors of sexual violence ages 18 and older. Exams for any patient under the age of 18 are provided by the Child Protection Team. WCJ provides sexual assault services for Duval, Baker, and Nassau Counties. However, there are no residency requirements to receive any service.

Sexual assault forensic medical exams are available whether or not the survivor chooses to make a report to law enforcement. Exams are available within 120 hours (five days) from the time of assault. The exam process includes a head-to-toe medical check, including injury documentation and collection of physical evidence. If the patient reports to law enforcement, the evidence is provided to the appropriate law enforcement agency for processing. If the patient chooses not to report, the evidence is stored by law enforcement for a period of up to two years.

The SAFE Program team consists of a Medical Director, Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners and trained Advocates. Examiners are trained in forensic evidence collection, sensitivity and expert witness testimony. The Medical Director is a licensed MD and provides supervision for program protocols and staff. The SAFE Program, located in the City of Jacksonville Victim Services Center Building, may be accessed at 403 W. 10th St., Jacksonville, FL 32206. The entrance is located in the rear of the building on the parking lot side.

For information regarding forensic exam services contact the 24-Hour Rape Crisis Hotline at: (904) 721-7273

RRT advocates provide professional trainings and community awareness presentations...

...designed to raise awareness about sexual violence, the services available for survivor and appropriate system responses. Presentations are available for businesses, social service organizations, law enforcement, medical providers, faith-based communities and others who are interested.

To schedule a Community Outreach presentation, please contact Robin Graber or Sarah Wiese by phone at (904) 722-3000 x209 or email: rgraber@womenscenterofjax.org or swiese@womenscenterofjax.org

The Women’s Center of Jacksonville offers specialized advocacy and support services to elder survivors of sexual violence.

In addition, innovative training and education is available to professionals on recognizing, addressing, investigating, and prosecuting cases of sexual and/or domestic violence against elders. In addition, specialized RRT services are available to elder survivors of sexual violence.

To schedule a Stop Sexual Violence Against Elders presentation, please contact Eileen Rodden by phone at (904) 722-3000 x213 or email: erodden@womenscenterofjax.org.

Project ARISE is about Advocacy, Resources Information and Support for Empowerment.

The program focuses on a seven zip code area in the urban core of Jacksonville, including the following zip codes: 32202, 32204, 32205, 32206, 32208, 32209, and 32254. This community experiences high rates of violent crime and reports the highest numbers of intentional injuries to health institutions. However, relatively few survivors of sexual violence who reside in this area access services.

Project ARISE seeks to make services more accessible to individuals in this area by providing community-based advocacy and support groups to reduce barriers such as transportation. Concentrated outreach is also offered within the community to foster awareness of available services.

For more information about Project ARISE, please contact Robin Graber at (904) 722-3000 x209 or email: rgraber@womenscenterofjax.org.

Volunteers and interns are central to the work of the RRT.

All volunteer advocates complete 30 hours of multidisciplinary training along with shadowing and may serve as on-call advocates providing in-person support to survivors and/or assist with staffing the 24 Hour Rape Crisis Hotline. Volunteers and interns are also needed for administrative duties, event planning and community outreach.

To volunteer or intern, please contact Veronica Session by phone at (904) 722-3000 x211 or email: vsession@womenscenterofjax.org or head over to our Volunteer page to submit an application.

Support Services Offices outside Jacksonville:

Baker County
418 South 8th St.
MacClenny, FL   32063
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Nassau County
Office at Barnabas, Fernandina Beach and
Family Support Services, Yulee
By appointment