Rape Prevention and Education Program

The Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Program consists of six Regional Centers for Sexual Violence Prevention and the Statewide Center for Sexual Violence Prevention Training and Technical Assistance. The Regional Centers (RC) are funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement evidence-based/informed primary prevention strategies in 17 counties with the highest reported forcible rapes in New York. Each RC is required to implement one or more of the following community change strategies:

  • Community Mobilization: Community engagement with all sectors of the community in a widespread effort that facilitates ownership and action toward sexual violence prevention.
  • Coalition Building: Encouraging a broad spectrum of individuals, agencies and organizations within the community to work together to achieve the common goal of preventing sexual violence. Coalition building encourages collaboration throughout a community.
  • Policy Education: Educating the public on the evidence associated with potential organizational and public policy solutions that prevent sexual violence.
  • Social Norms Change: Strategies that lead to an increased perception among community members that social norms are non-violent and that there are more rewards for non-violent behavior.

Regional Center for Sexual Violence Prevention Providers Map


The Six Regional Centers consist of:

  • Region 1: The Retreat Inc.
    Serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties
    13 Goodfriend Drive
    East Hampton, NY 11937
    (631) 761-8518
    Partner: Long Island Against Domestic Violence
  • Region 2: The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault
    Serving New York, Queens, Kings and Bronx Counties
    32 Broadway, Suite 1101
    New York, NY 10004
    (212) 229-0873
    Partners: Bellevue Hospital Victim Services Program, Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel Victim Services Program, Bronx District Attorney Crime Victims Assistance Unit, and Crime Victims Treatment Center of Mt. Sinai West and St. Luke's Hospital
  • Region 3: Family Services, Inc.
    Serving Orange, Duchess and Westchester Counties
    29 North Hamilton Street
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
    (845) 452-1110
    Partners: Mental Health Association in Orange County and Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc.
  • Region 4: Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center
    Serving Albany, Oneida and Schenectady Counties
    112 State Street, Room 1118
    Albany, NY 12207
    (518) 447-7000
    (518) 374-5353
    Partners: YMCA of Mohawk Valley & Planned Parenthood of Mohawk Hudson
  • Region 5: Vera House, Inc.
    Serving Onondaga and Broome Counties
    723 James Street
    Syracuse, NY 13203
    (315) 425-0818
    Partner: Crime Victims Assistance Center, Inc.
  • Region 6: Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services, Inc.
    Serving Niagara, Erie and Monroe Counties
    100 River Rock Drive, Suite 300
    Buffalo, NY 14207
    (716) 834-2310
    Partners: YMCA of Niagara Frontier, RESTORE Sexual Assault Services

The Statewide Center for Sexual Violence Prevention Training and Technical Assistance

Cicatelli Associates Inc. (CAI) serves as the statewide center for sexual violence prevention training and technical assistance. CAI provides training, technical assistance, resources, and expertise to regional centers, community partners, and the Department of Health.

Prevention Related Resources

Department of Health RPE Contact Information

Ann-Margret Foley, Sexual Violence Prevention Unit Director
New York State Department of Health, Division of Family Health
Bureau of Women, Infant, and Adolescent Health
Empire State Plaza - Corning Tower, Room 821
Albany, New York 12237
(518) 474-0535

*Note:This shared mailbox is only monitored by Sexual Violence Prevention Program staff from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday and is intended for non-emergency purposes. If you are someone who has been sexually assaulted and you are seeking immediate assistance, please contact the New York State Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence at 1-800-942-6906. If it is an emergency, contact 911.