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Rape Recovery Team

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

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.

Florida statutes pertaining to sexual violence.

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 ages 12 and older 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.



The Rape Recovery Team

The RRT can offer support through the following services for survivors and their loved ones:

  • 24-hour hotline answered by an advocate who can offer crisis intervention, information and referrals
  • 24-hour response to survivors who would like a forensic examination
  • Information to assist survivors in understanding their rights and options
  • Advocacy and accompaniment for medical appointments and criminal justice proceedings
  • Information and referral for community resources
  • Advocate-facilitated peer support groups
  • Referral for mental health counseling services offered by the Women Center’s Counseling Department

For those who choose to report, the RRT works collaboratively with the Sexual Assault Response Center, the State Attorney’s Office and local Sheriff's Offices and Police Departments throughout Duval, Baker and Nassau Counties to ensure that survivors receive the most comprehensive services available. For those choosing NOT to report, we have an extensive network of community partners who assist us in assuring a network of care for our clients, so no individual faces this alone.

Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) Program

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 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.

Sexual Violence Prevention Programming


The RRT offers programming designed to prevent first-time perpetration and victimization by addressing harmful knowledge, attitudes and beliefs that may contribute to violence. The program focuses on engaging youth in meaningful conversations related to root causes of sexual violence, including: social acceptance of violence, stereotypes, power, privilege and a lack of accountability for perpetrators of violence. The prevention curricula generate dialogue among participants that raises awareness of sexual violence issues and empowers them to take action in their own lives and within the community to reduce the incidence of sexual violence. Prevention presentations are offered throughout the three county service area in a variety of settings, including school and after school programming. Presentations for parents and other supportive adults are also available.

To schedule a Prevention Education presentation, please contact Carly Pedoto by phone at (904) 722-3000 x208 or email: cpedoto@womenscenterofjax.org.

Community Outreach
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 Morgan Moeller by phone at (904) 722-3000 x209 or email: mmoeller@womenscenterofjax.org.

Specialized Elder Sexual Abuse Services and Training
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.

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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
Project ARISE (Advocacy, Resources Information and Support for Empowerment) 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 Kanice Hoffman at (904) 722-3000 x251 or email: khoffman@womenscenterofjax.org.

Rape Recovery Team Volunteers/Interns
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 Rape Crisis Hotline. Volunteers and interns are also needed for administrative duties, event planning and community outreach.

To volunteer or intern, please contact Katy Carignan by phone at (904) 722-3000 x210 or email: kcarignan@womenscenterofjax.org or download the Volunteer Application and send it in to the Women's Center of Jacksonville.

Note: The Women’s Center of Jacksonville is not a medical or residential facility and we cannot offer cash assistance. However, we have an extensive resource list of agencies and services in the Jacksonville area that may be helpful to you.


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