The Office for Violence Prevention & Victim Assistance (VPVA) is dedicated to raising awareness about sexual violence & encouraging bystander support. Dismantling the culture that supports sexual violence requires that we work on many different fronts, from providing front line support to victims and complainants, to developing violence prevention initiatives, to working together to eliminate oppression in all its forms. The office opened in October of 2017 and is supported by a grant from the NJ Attorney General's office.
Our services include crisis intervention, advocacy & education. We also serve as liaisons to connect students with Residence Life, Counseling Center & Academic Advisors, to ensure they feel supported in the ways needed. VPVA is a confidential resource.
Christie Howley, Director
Christie joins the Rutgers University—Newark VPVA office with over 14 years in violence prevention and victim services. She received her Bachelors in Criminal Justice from Seton Hall University, and her Masters of Social Work from Kean University. She went on to earn her professional licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New Jersey. For the past 9 years Christie has served as a Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate for the County of Somerset, and has led the Somerset County sexual assault center. Christie has provided direct counseling services with a focus on trauma in both adolescents and adults, as well as prevention and education to youth and adults on violence prevention and sexual health. She has been the Director of the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance since February 2018 and looks forward to growing this program on campus for students, staff and faculty.
Taylor Miller, Prevention Education Coordinator
Taylor joins the VPVA office with a Bachelors in Social Work from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She acts as a Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate for the County of Middlesex. Taylor has worked as a campus liaison with the National NO MORE Campaign as well as the Center on Violence Against Women and Children as a research assistant. During her undergraduate education at Rutgers University New Brunswick, Taylor sat on the End Sexual Violence Committee and is now a trained Green Dot instructor for Bystander Intervention. She finds passion in public speaking and violence prevention, and is a two time TEDx Speaker. She has been the Prevention Education Coordinator of the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance since October 2017 and looks forward to engaging the campus community in joining the movement to end sexual violence.