Volunteers needed to support victims of domestic violence

Domestic violence does not stop during times of crisis. In fact, when stressors increase, violence and abuse can quickly escalate.

For many victims, staying at home means being isolated with someone who is harming them, according to a press release from 180 Turning Lives Around.

For 44 years, 180, a private, nonprofit organization in Monmouth County, has provided confidential support and advocacy to victims of domestic violence with the assistance of its dedicated response team volunteers at police headquarters throughout Monmouth County, according to the press release.

180’s volunteer Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) victim advocates are civilian members of the community who work with law enforcement to provide support, information and resources to victims of domestic violence.

Advocates also discuss safety planning and a victim’s legal rights in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order, according to the press release.

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 in Monmouth County.

Community members are invited to join 180’s mission. The mandatory 40-hour training course for new volunteer victim advocates will be conducted by 180 staff remotely via Zoom from Oct. 6-29, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 6-9:30 p.m. Training will be provided free to successful applicants, 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.

Bilingual 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, contact Tina Morgan at tinam@180nj.org or 732-264-4360, ext. 4272. Individuals are asked to mention their town of residence. The deadline to apply is Sept. 25.

Applications are available for download at https://180nj.org/give-help/volunteering/domestic-violence-response-team-advocate/

The 180 Turning Lives Around 24/7 confidential hotline is available at 732-264-4111 or 888-843-9262. Visit www.180nj.org for more information. In an emergency, dial 911.