Volunteers needed to support victims of domestic violence

Domestic violence does not just stop because of a crisis like the one the nation is currently facing. In fact, when stressors increase, violence and abuse can quickly escalate, according to a press release from 180 Turning Lives Around.

For many victims, staying at home means being isolated with someone who is harming them. It is in these very trying times that a victim needs 180 even more, and the organization is determined to be there for anyone who needs its services.

Domestic violence is never the victim’s fault and 180 Turning Lives Around stands with all victims.

For 45 years, 180, a private nonprofit 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, according to the press release.

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 trained advocates help to empower victims to make informed decisions for themselves and their families, 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 throughout Monmouth County.

The organization invites the community to join 180’s life-changing mission.

The mandatory 40-hour training course for new volunteer victim advocates is being conducted by 180 staff remotely via Zoom from April 20 through May 13, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6-9:30 p.m. Training will be provided free of charge to successful applicants.

Basic requirements for volunteers to apply include that they 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.

The police departments and 180 are committed to culturally and socially diverse teams to best serve the community. Bilingual capability is helpful. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required. The identities of the DVRT volunteers are kept anonymous, according to the press release.

For an application or additional information, contact Tina Morgan at tinam@180nj.org or call 732 264-4360, ext. 4272. Mention the town where you reside.

The deadline to apply is April 9.

180 Turning Lives Around is 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, 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 911.