Volunteer to Assist Victims of Domestic Violence
You can be the change you want to see in the world by joining 180’s life-changing mission today. 180’s Volunteer Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) Advocates are civilian members of the community who work collaboratively with law enforcement to provide confidential 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 support and crucial perspective of the situation, these specially-trained advocates help to empower victims to make informed decisions for themselves and their families. The identities of the DVRT volunteers are kept anonymous. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required. 180 and the police departments are committed to culturally and socially diverse teams to better serve the community. Bi-lingual capability is helpful.
October 1st – 24th
Ocean Township Police Department
399 Monmouth Road, Ocean Township
Basic requirements for volunteers to apply: Must be eighteen-years of age or older, have access to transportation, possess a valid driver’s license, be willing to serve on an on-call shift basis, participate in an interview process, pass background investigations and fingerprinting, successfully complete the mandatory 40-hour training, and attend monthly supervisory meetings.
For more information or to obtain an application contact: Sue Levine, Victim Support Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org and 732 264-4360, Ext. 4271, or visit
For forty-three years, 180 Turning Lives Around, a private non-profit organization, has been
dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence, which affects our community.
180’s Domestic Violence 24/7 Confidential Hotline: 732 264-4111 or 888 843-9262
In an emergency: Dial 911
Definition: Stalking is a pattern of behavior that may cause fear or concern fear for the person who is the focus of the behavior.
Stalking is a crime that frequently predicts and co-occurs with physical and sexual violence. 180 Turning Lives Around can help guide you and give you the tools you need to respond to the crime of stalking. Stalkers use many tactics including: Approaching the victim or showing up in places when the victim didn’t want them to be there; making unwanted telephone calls;leaving the victim unwanted messages (text or voice); watching or following the victim from a distance, or spying on the victim with a listening device, camera, or GPS.
Common staking behaviors include:
- Repeated calls, text messages, e-mails, or posts via social media
- Following the victim or showing up where they are (e.g., near home, work, school, or other places the victim might frequent)
- Using technology to track, find out and/or disseminate personal information about the victim
- Threatening to hurt the victim and/or people they care about
Please reach out to us to learn more or talk about your experience, our Hotline is anonymous and confidential: 1-888-843-9262
- Urge you or demand that you quit your job or prevent you from working?
- Stalk or harass you at work?
- Refuse to give you access to bank accounts and hide or keep assets from you?
- Give you a set amount of money to spend and no more?
- Constantly question purchases you make and demand to see receipts?
- Make financial decisions without consulting you?
- Steal your identity or file fraudulent tax returns with your name attached to them?
- Sell property that was yours?
- File false insurance claims with your name on them?
- Not pay child support so you can’t afford rent, food, and other needed items?
- Force you to open lines of credit?
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,
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: email@example.com
- When abusers have guns, people are at a high risk of homicide.
- Mass shooters often have a history of domestic violence – in fact nearly 60 percent of recent incidents.
And the list goes on. The statistics regarding DV and gun access are staggering. When an abusive partner has access to firearms, statistics show that domestic violence is more likely to turn deadly. According to research published in the American Journal of Public Health, the presence of a gun in domestic violence situations increases the risk of homicide for women by 500 percent. More than half of women murdered with guns are killed by family members or intimate partners.
P.S. You can read more about the link between domestic violence and mass shootings in the articles we collected here:
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