We are grateful to our staff and volunteer advocates who have found innovative ways to reach survivors, while being flexible. When staff and survivors could not be physically present in the office together, we quickly shifted services to offer confidential remote counseling services via phone and video conference. This pivot required staff to learn new technology skills while further building trust with clients as they became comfortable with sharing over these new platforms. Adapting in this way was crucial for us during those months when our State was in lockdown and when many survivors were quarantined with an abuser. For those that were able to reach us during that time, we were able to respond immediately placing the most serious and high risk families into our Safe House. Hundreds of other clients received crisis support via our hotlines, assistance with court advocacy and agency referrals to other community partners. Meanwhile, our creative arts therapists delivered care packages and hands-on materials to our families at home so they could participate in art therapy sessions with their children virtually. We also found new ways to use our agency website to post interactive and supportive therapeutic materials.
Creative Arts Therapy is an important component to 180’s mission of empowering families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault to have the strength and courage to turn their life around. The program is free and confidential. Take a peek behind the scenes at Amanda’s Easel by viewing this video to understand how this program saves and changes lives.
If you would like more information about 180’s Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy Program, please call our hotline: (888) 843-9262
Thank you so very much to our friends at Fulfill for helping 180 provide meals to our food insecure families. Families receiving domestic violence counseling and supportive services through 180’s Keeping Families Together Program are also receiving assistance with meals during this pandemic. In partnership with Fulfill, 180 counselors pick up Crisis Relief Food Boxes and deliver them to our families in need. Our caring counselors include activities for children along with therapeutic prompts to help them through this challenging time. COVID-19 has put additional economic strains on our families who are already experiencing emotional hardships due to the effects of domestic violence in their households. For these families especially, the trauma is compounding however knowing there will be food on the table helps lessen their hardships. Thank you Fulfill for your kindness and support during this challenging time.
For more information about our domestic and sexual violence supportive programs and services, please call our hotline: (888) 843-9262
Become A Volunteer Advocate for Victims of Domestic Violence:
Applications Available for Next Training Course
You can be the change you want to see in the world by joining 180’s 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 at police headquarters throughout Monmouth County.
180’s volunteer Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) Victim Advocates are civilian members of the community who work collaboratively with law enforcement to provide support, information, and resources to victims of domestic violence. 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.
The mandatory 40-hour training course for new volunteer advocates is being conducted by 180 staff April 21st – May 14th, Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 6:00pm-9:30pm. The Tuesday sessions are being held at the Holmdel Community Center, 6 Crawfords Corner Road. The location for the Wednesday and Thursday sessions is the courtroom at Hazlet Police Headquarters, 255 Middle Road. Training will be provided for free to successful applicants.
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 Victim Support Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732 264-4360, Ext. 4272. Please mention the town where you reside. Deadline to apply is April 10th. 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 the police departments in Monmouth County.
For forty-four 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.
To learn more about this program please visit: https://www.
hackensackmeridianhealth.org/ press-releases/2020/01/29/ hackensack-meridian-health- receives-2-m-federal-grant-to- support-hospital-based-anti- violence-programs/To learn more about supporting 180 Turning Lives Around or volunteer opportunities, contact Lynn Lucarelli, Director of Development, email@example.com.
180 Turning Lives Around presents:
“The Power of Journaling”
An interactive, free workshop for victim-survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence, and also for those who may be concerned about these issues.
Come learn how to use writing as a self-healing tool in a supportive environment with Guest Presenter: Victoria Perry and 180’s Janet Lee, LCSW. Find out simple ways to use journaling to:
- Clarify thoughts and feelings
- Gain insights and perspectives
- Create personal affirmations
- Reduce negative self-talk
Feel free to bring a friend! All participants will receive a personal journal and a handout on creative journaling!
Date: Thursday, September 26th
Time: 6:00—7:30 p.m.
Location: 180 Turning Lives Around, Hazlet, NJ 07730
RSVP: Please call Janet at: (732) 264-4360 ext. 4281
Pre-registration required. Call soon—workshops have limited space.
Feel free to bring a friend, but please let us know prior to the workshop so we have enough room for everyone.
180 Turning Lives Around
“Essential Oils and Wellness”
An informative, free workshop for victim-survivors of domestic and sexual violence with 180’s Lauren Lormel, LCSW.
Come learn about the use of Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils for depression, anxiety, stress management and overall well-being. Gain Information on various methods of applications. Get recipes and opportunity to sample Lavender, Peppermint Cedarwood, Oregano, Francincense, Citrus Oils, Ylang Ylang and Rosemary.
Date: Tuesday, September 17
Time: 5:30 PM—7:00 PM
Location: 180 Turning Lives Around, Hazlet, NJ 07730
RSVP: Please call Elisse at: (732) 264-4360 ext. 4282, Workshops have limited space.
- 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?
Envision the New Year with intention! Join 180’s Lauren Lormel, LCSW, for a restorative workshop to start the New Year! Let go of 2018 and welcome your hopes and aspirations for 2019! This trauma sensitive workshop is free and open to anyone 18 and older who has experienced domestic or sexual violence past, or present.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Space is limited.
For more information, and to register, please contact Elisse, at 732-264-4360