Services Empowering Rights of Victims (SERV) offers a variety of services to those experiencing sexual violence, including hospital, police, and court accompaniments, as well as advocacy, counseling, and safety planning. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence and needs to talk, our hotline is a free 24-hour phone service that will pair you with a SERV advocate. You can also speak with us online by leaving a message in the chat feature (look for the box in the bottom right corner of this page).
Our team of Sexual Violence Advocates is available to support victims and survivors of sexual violence 24/7 with phone counseling, referrals, and information through SERV's hotlines. All calls are free and confidential.
To reach our team of certified advocates, call one of our hotlines.
- Camden & Gloucester Counties: 1-866-295-SERV (7378)
- Cumberland County: 1-800-225-0196
SERV provides immediate counsel to those going through a time of crisis related to sexual violence. If you are in crisis, please call one of our hotlines and a SERV advocate will be dispatched to assist you.
SERV offers counseling services to help survivors process trauma, increase healthy coping strategies, and create support systems.
Counseling services are available for victims and survivors of sexual violence and non-offending significant others.
Services are offered to all ages and are available in both English and Spanish.
Individual counseling services are available Monday through Saturday, with day or evening appointments.
Our clients encompass all ages, socio-economic levels, ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations, and come from every economic background.
Our trained advocates provide emotional support, maintain confidentiality, offer safety planning, and inform the survivor of all the processes, options, and available resources.
Confidential Sexual Violence Advocates can be contacted through the SERV hotlines and will accompany victims of sexual violence to hospitals, police stations, and court proceedings. Additionally, advocates help the victim access services related to sexual violence recovery.
Navigating the legal system can be an intimidating experience. Advocates provide information about options, offer support, and accompany survivors through court proceedings.
- Accompaniment to court
- Information about sexual violence law
- Support throughout legal proceedings
- Advocacy with law enforcement, court personnel, and legal services
- Legal clinics and free consultations conducted by volunteer attorneys
Although court advocates cannot provide legal advice or representation for clients in civil and criminal cases, advocates can connect clients with legal services. SERV works with South Jersey Legal Services to provide free legal advice and representation to victims of sexual assault.
Accompaniments to the Hospital
Our Sexual Violence Advocates will be with victims every step of the way, including accompaniments to the hospital following an assault. They will help victims understand what to expect during their exam and act as a support system following their visit. The Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) Kit – formally known as The Rape Kit – is a tool that medical staff use to collect evidence and learn how to best care for the victim in the aftermath of a sexual assault. Click on the links below to learn more about The SAFE Kit process.
WARNING: The articles may contain graphic descriptions of the process.
SERV offers ongoing support groups to survivors and can help connect survivors with other support groups within the community.
Weekly group counseling is available for adult victims of sexual violence.