Spring 2022 DVRT 40-hour Training for New Volunteer Advocates
April 26 – May 18
Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays in-person and via Zoom.
Week 1 – in-person at Holmdel Community Center
Weeks 2 & 3 via Zoom
Week 4 is in-person at Ocean Township Courtroom on MON 5/16, TU 5/17, WED 5/18
During weeks 1 and 4, 180’s current Covid19 precautions include that masks are required to be worn and 6-foot distancing maintained. We will advise if there are any changes to that policy. We will shift to all Zoom, if necessary.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 732 264-4360, Ext. 4272. 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 more than 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.