Organization seeks volunteers to assist victims of domestic violence

180 Turning Lives Around, a private nonprofit organization in Monmouth County, will be conducting a 40-hour training course for new Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) victim advocates from Oct. 2-25 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6-9:30 p.m. at Ocean Township Police Headquarters.

Training will be provided to successful applicants, according to a press release.

180’s volunteer DVRT advocates are civilian members of the community who work with law enforcement to provide support, information and resources to victims of domestic violence at a police headquarters, according to the press release.

Advocates also discuss safety planning with victims of domestic violence and their legal rights in regard to obtaining a temporary restraining order. By providing empathy and perspective of the situation, the trained advocates help to empower victims to make informed decisions for themselves and their families, according to the press release.

Volunteers must be 18 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, according to the press release.

Bilingual capability is helpful. Prior knowledge about domestic violence is not required. The identities of the DVRT volunteers are kept anonymous.

For an application or additional information, contact Tina Morgan, assistant coordinator, Victim Support Program, at tinam@180nj.org or call 732 264-4360, ext. 4272. Individuals are asked to mention the town where they reside.

The free, confidential service of the DVRT program is available for victims of domestic violence 24 hours a day, seven days a week at police departments throughout Monmouth County, according to the press release.