Volunteers aid domestic violence victims

180 Turning Lives Around (180), a private nonprofit organization in Monmouth County, continues to provide support and advocacy to victims of domestic violence with the assistance of its dedicated response team volunteers, according to a press release.

180 will be conducting a 40-hour mandatory training course for new Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) volunteers from April 4-28, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 6-9:30 p.m., in the courtroom at Hazlet Police Headquarters, 255 Middle Road, Hazlet. The deadline to submit an application is March 17. 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 referrals to victims of domestic violence at police headquarters, according to the press release.

Advocates also discuss safety planning and the victim’s legal rights in regard to obtaining a temporary restraining order.

The identities of the DVRT volunteers are kept anonymous. For an application or additional information, contact Tina Morgan at tinam@180nj.org or call 732-264-4360, ext. 4272. Individuals are asked to mention their town of residence when contacting 180. The confidential services of the DVRT program are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for victims of domestic violence at police departments throughout Monmouth County, according to the press release.