Become A Volunteer Advocate for Victims of Domestic Violence

 

Become A Volunteer Advocate for Victims of Domestic Violence:

Applications Are Available for Next Training Course

 

You can be the change you want to see in the world by joining 180’s life-saving and life-changing mission today. 180 Turning Lives Around (180), a private non-profit organization in Monmouth County, continues to provide confidential support and advocacy to victims of domestic violence in the aftermath of a highly emotional and traumatic experience with the assistance of its dedicated response team volunteers. 180 will be conducting a 40-hour mandatory training course for new Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) Victim Advocates, April 29th-May 23rd, Mondays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 6:00pm-9:30pm, in the courtroom at Hazlet Police Headquarters, 255 Middle Road in Hazlet. Training will be provided to successful applicants.

 

180’s volunteer DVRT Advocates are civilian members of the community who work collaboratively with law enforcement to provide support, information, and resources to victims of domestic violence at police headquarters. Advocates also discuss with victims safety planning and their legal rights in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. By providing empathy and a crucial perspective of the situation, these specially-trained advocates help to empower victims to make informed decisions for themselves and their families.

 

Basic requirements for volunteers to apply include that they must be eighteen years of age or older, have access to reliable transportation, possess a valid driver’s license, be willing to serve on an on-call shift basis, participate in an interview process, submit to background investigations and fingerprinting, and successfully complete the mandatory training. The police departments and 180 are committed to culturally and socially diverse teams to better serve the community. Bi-lingual capability is helpful. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required. The identities of the DVRT volunteers are kept anonymous. For an application or additional information, please contact Tina Morgan, Assistant Coordinator, Victim Support Program, at tinam@180nj.org or 732 264-4360, Ext. 4272. Please mention the town where you reside. Deadline to apply is April 19th. Applications are also available for download at https://180nj.org/give-help/volunteering/domestic-violence-response-team-advocate/

 

The free, confidential service of the DVRT program is available for victims of domestic violence, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, at police departments in Monmouth County.

 

For forty-three years, 180 Turning Lives Around has been dedicated to providing emergency safe housing, counseling, support, prevention, education, and advocacy in Monmouth County for individuals and families affected by domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. If you, or someone you know, is in need of assistance, please call the 180 Turning Lives Around 24/7 Confidential Hotline at 732-264-4111 or 888-843-9262. Visit www.180nj.org for more information. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Happy New Year! Put this date on your 2019 calendar!

With a nod to Anna’s Cuban roots, “HavANNA Nights” will be a party to remember! As we appreciate and recognize Anna’s 35 years of service to 180 Turning Lives Around, we reflect upon the many programs she has established and led for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Her leadership has guided nearly every local service available for victims and their children. Using nationally proven models in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault, her work has impacted thousands of survivors in Monmouth County. She has garnered the support of a vast number of volunteers and donors, as well as her dedicated staff of counselors and social workers. Anna’s 35 years of saving and changing lives in Monmouth County gives us all the reason to celebrate her at our May 3, 2019 event! 
Please plan to join us in her honor and help 180 continue our work of empowering individuals affected by domestic violence to find the strength and courage to turn their life around.
Invitation to follow!
  • Last year’s event was sold out. Early RSVP here!
  • Sponsorship information to follow.
  • Commemorative ad journal opportunities.

We will be at the Safe House this holiday.

Caroline’s Story


When I told Ryan and Megan that this holiday would be different, little did I know how resilient my little ones would be. I had such conflicting emotions about spending the holidays at 180’s Safe House. Ryan’s letter to Santa made me cry, yet I keep telling myself that leaving my abuser and the violence in our lives, was the best gift I could ever give to my children. In my heart I know that never again will I have to worry about our safety, hide in fear or cover my bruises; we will live in peace as every family should. The caring staff at the Safe House is helping me to start anew. With a restraining order now in place, we will stay at the Safe House through the holidays and into the first month of the new year. The kids and I have begun art therapy with 180 counselors and I have started to focus on seeking a new job and finding a permanent place to live. Together, we will figure out a new and wonderful way of life – free from abuse and full of hope. Safety, peace, courage and hope….these are our gifts this holiday season.


 


Dear Friends of 180,

For Ryan’s Mom and so many of our clients like her, escaping an abusive relationship has additional challenges during the holiday season when emotions tend to be heightened, and the imagery of a “perfect” family is in sharp contrast to a victims’ own reality. A parent’s worry of not being able to provide a good holiday for their children, is a feeling almost as torturous as the abusive relationship they are fleeing. Fearing for one’s safety means making a change that will last a life-time–even if it means leaving the abuser during the holiday season.
Every individual deserves a loving, safe home during the holidays and every day of the year. Thousands of victims of domestic violence turn to us each year for support through our hotlines, counseling, court assistance and more. In fact, we have never had an empty safe house during the Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or New Year’s seasons. This 2018 holiday is no different and 180 is blessed and thankful to have your support.
In the spirit of giving, and fulfilling wishes, we hope you will consider a financial gift to support 180 this holiday season. Your donation, no matter the size, will be used year-round to help empower survivors to have the strength and courage to turn their life around. Thank you for your consideration this winter.
With all of our best wishes to you and your family for a healthy and safe holiday, and a very happy new year,
Anna Diaz-White
Executive Director
180 Turning Lives Around, Inc.

Please considering supporting 180 this holiday season by donating through the link above. If you would like to discuss your gift, or provide a credit card over the phone, please contact Lynn Lucarelli, Director of Development at 732-264-4360 ext. 4230 or email: lynnl@180nj.org

180’s Amanda’s Easel Exhibit to be hosted by The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen, Red Bank – October 17, 2018

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we have a very special evening planned to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence in Monmouth County.
I hope you will join us on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen in Red Bank, NJ for 180’s Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapies Exhibit, “Rock and River: Obstacles and Flow In Survival.” All community members are invited to join us. This event is kindly hosted once again by our friends at the Soul Kitchen and requires no entry fee; RSVP at amandaf@180nj.org
The theme for this year’s project focuses on the concept of river and rocks. Depicted through the use of natural elements like water, rock, pebbles and stones, the ebb and flow of life symbolize the recurrent or rhythmical pattern, of life’s journey. Like a ripple in seemingly still water, or a quickly changing current that seems to carry us in a different direction, our ability to be resilient, strong and willing to change is part of our growth and healing. Using this two-sided metaphor, participants have used rocks and other found natural objects to create their personal vision and perspective of how change and obstacles have influenced their life journey through domestic violence. The metaphor of life’s journey being like the river that flows through obstacles and challenges yet never gives up, is significant in the fight against family violence.
We are so pleased to once again partner with our friends at the JBJ Soul Kitchen who have generously hosted us for many years, to showcase this artwork. After this initial showing, the exhibit will travel around Monmouth County at colleges, libraries, and schools to continue the conversation, outreach and awareness efforts.
For further information, or to showcase this exhibit at your location, please contact Cindi Westendorf, Program Coordinator of 180’s Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapies

Celebrating Volunteers at Annual Appreciation Event

Thank you to those who were able to join us a few weeks ago at 180’s Annual Staff, Volunteer & Community Partners Appreciation event at the Asbury Park Yacht Club. We enjoyed spending time celebrating our volunteers and staff members during this casual reception. We are forever grateful for all of your contributions which help make 180 a respite for healing and survivorship everyday. Your participation in our mission, whether as a volunteer, advocate or staff member, enables us to empower surivors to have the courage and strength to turn their life around. Please join 180 in recognizing the following spectacular volunteers and organizations which were honored at this event:
Exemplary Partnership in Law Enforcement Awards
Captain Greg Carpino
Wall Township Police Department
Outstanding Community Service
Reggie & Yvette Anderson
MTN Organization, Inc.
Community Partnership Award
Garden State Equality
Innovative Volunteerism Award
Laurie Tietjen of The Mini Horse Heroes Organization &
The Kenneth F. Tietjen Memorial Foundation

Jersey Girl Triathlon

Join 180 Turning Lives Around on the Long Branch boardwalk for the Jersey Girl Triathlon tomorrow morning, Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 7:00 A.M.! The Jersey Girl Triathlon is an all women’s race which in part benefits 180. Also, some participants in the race choose to not only participate in this challenging event, but they also fundraise for 180’s mission too! Please stop by the 180 tent on Madison Avenue located next to the Great Lawn on the boardwalk and learn more about 180’s life-saving mission which empowers survivors affected by domestic and sexual violence to find the courage and strength to turn their life around. For the many courageous women who are participating in honor of survivors and for the mission of 180, we sincerely thank you and wish you the best of luck tomorrow!
 

 

180 Turning Lives Around extends a very special thank you to our friend and race organizer, Doug Rice and Split Second Racing for including 180 in the Jersey Girl Triathlon. Doug and Split Second Racing have been generously giving to 180 for many years through this event. In fact, last September Doug and Split Second Racing were awarded with 180’s Outstanding Community Service Award at our Annual Volunteer, Staff and Community Partners Reception at the Asbury Park Surf Club. (See picture above here.) Thank you to Doug and his team for providing this amazing opportunity for women to take part in such a terrific day!
If you are not participating in the triathlon, please come down to the boardwalk anyway and join 180 as we cheer on the “Jersey Girls” in this race! We are all looking forward to a great day!

To learn more about 180, volunteer, attend an event, or to become an advocate, please reach out anytime to lynnl@180nj.org. We look forward to speaking with you about the many ways you can help our community. Thank you!

Happy Mother’s Day ~ Honor Mom with a daffodil planted at our Safe House

As we celebrate Moms and Motherhood, thousands of mothers and mothers-to-be across the country will spend Mother’s Day in a domestic violence shelter like ours here in Momouth County. In addition to a safe place to sleep at night, survivors of domestic violence who are mothers, have a number of other child-related needs such as children’s counseling, safety planning, childcare and schooling arrangements. We continually strive to meet these needs for survivors and their children and seek the support of our community in doing so. Here’s a unique way to help 180 sustain these important services while honoring a special woman this Mother’s Day.
In recognition of your mother, or a mother-figure who has made a difference in your life, please consider a gift to 180 this Mother’s Day and in return, 180 will plant a daffodil at the Safe House to brighten the lives of families staying with us. We will send an acknowledgement to the recipient stating that a charitable contribution has been made and that a daffodil has been planted in their honor. All best wishes for a peaceful and blessed Mother’s Day and thank you in advance for your gift which will brighten the lives of domestic violence survivors and their children. Thank you for your consideration! 

180 Turning Lives Around + New Jersey Coalition to End Sexual Assault (NJCASA) – Hereos for A Safer Garden State!

Join “Team 180” and hundreds of activists, allies, community members and heroes as we walk towards safer communities in the Garden State! The New Jersey Coalition to End Sexual Assault (NJCASA) is hosting this event as a way to support statewide social change efforts to ensure survivors are supported and affirmed. Together 180 Turning Lives Around stands with NJCASA! 180 will have a table at this event – come check-in and visit us before the event gets started! Our Team Captain is Sue Levine, Program Coordinator, Victim Support Services and can be reached at SusanL@180nj.org

Check-in begins at 8:00 AM
in Asbury Park at Convention Hall
(located at corner of 5th and Ocean Avenue)
Event begins at 9:00 AM

Please register to be part of “Team 180” here:
(click icon above to register)

Annual Celebration 2018 A Terrific Success

 


 

Dear Friends of 180,

Thank you for making 180’s Annual Celebration a terrific success! What a wonderful night for 180 Turning Lives Around! With a sold-out room filled with outstanding supporters and overflowing hearts, the evening raised over $330,000 to support 180’s life-saving mission.

Keynoting the event was First Lady Tammy Murphy who spoke about her involvement with 180 over the last 16 years. She discussed the critical need for 180 services, as on average, two sexual assault survivors come forward to 180 each and every day. It was an honor for me to be joined by former 180 Board President, now Governor, Philip D. Murphy who spoke movingly about Honoree Dorothea Bongiovi and her commitment to nurturing body and soul through the work of the JBJ Soul Kitchen. Noted was Dorothea’s special support of 180 and our mission including: helping to build 180’s new safe house, providing meals to families and hosting our annual community event at the Soul Kitchen which brings awareness to the issue of domestic violence.

Speaking on behalf of Honoree Impact 100 Jersey Coast, Deirdre Spiropoulos joined with co-founder Heather Burke to highlight the special synergy that their organization and 180 Turning Lives Around shares. Both 180 and Impact 100 Jersey Coast began with a small group of women who decided to make a difference in their community. With the award of Impact’s inaugural grant, 180 opened the Family Justice Center of Monmouth County, a one-stop shop for critical services needed by victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Many of the guests wore denim to highlight April’s National Sexual Assault Awareness month and Denim Day (click here to learn more). Board President, Bob Fouratt opened the evening’s program by welcoming guests and thanking Presenting Sponsor, Carol Stillwell and Stillwell-Hansen, Inc., and Community Hero Sponsor, Verizon. Major event sponsors included Crum & Forster, Rick and Ana Blank and BTIG, The Diaco Family, The Sahakian Family and The Hovnanian Foundation (see below for complete sponsor listing).

Many thanks to all of our guests and sponsors, Event Chair Siran Sahakian and all Committee Members, Board, staff and volunteers. We are so grateful to you for your dedication which makes our work possible.

Sincerely,

Anna Diaz-White
Executive Director
180 Turning Lives Around, Inc.

PS: Did you know that your employer may match your personal gift to 180? Many of our donors have contacted their employer and already this has raised an additional $25,000 for 180! Please let us know if you have any questions and thank you again for your support!

 

Photos compliments of Aimee Burns

Just A Few Important Reasons to Support 180 and our Sexual Violence Programs

1. On average rape survivors come forward to 180 each day seeking counseling and other services – over 70 per month.

2. In the past 3 months, over 213 sexual assaults have been disclosed to 180 counselors. Funds raised through 180’s Annual Celebration ensure there is a counselor available for each phone call 24 hours a day, seven days per week. 

3. 180’s rape hotline calls are up 15% since last year with many being triggered by the #MeToo movement. More victims need more services and 180 needs more funding to keep up with the increase.

4. 3,000 domestic and sexual violence phone calls have been received since July 2017 – 50% of which have been emergency/crisis calls.

5. Teens under the age of 18 comprise over 20% of callers – almost all female. 180’s caring response to teens involve counselors especially trained and licensed in this area.180’s 2nd Floor Youth Helpline (2NDFLOOR), and our school based educational and outreach program, ensure that young victims have a place to disclose and receive the help they need.

6. The NJ State Uniform Crime Report for 2015 (last year available currently) indicates only 15 police reported sexual assaults in Monmouth County yet 180 Turning Lives Around had 103 rapesreported to us that same year.

7. Sexual assault is the most under-reported crime, yet in women and 1 in 71 men will be sexually assaulted at some point in their lives.

8. In the past 12 months, our school outreach program related to safe dates and healthy relationships conducted over 138 presentations and workshops reaching over 3,033 students throughout Monmouth County.

9. Over 12,000 hours of counseling and support were provided by trained staff last year for our statewide youth helpline,
2NDFLOOR. The most popular topics discussed were dating and relationships as well as sex and sexuality.

10. Our phones rang 16,500 times and staff texted over 3,500 times. 2NDFLOOR’s website saw over 72,000 page views.

 Please RSVP HERE.