Sexual assault crimes have a tremendous impact on victims and their families. The emotional and psychological injuries sustained are often more serious than the physical injuries, affecting every aspect of a victim’s life long after physical injuries have healed. - New Jersey Attorney General Guidelines for Providing Services to Victims of Sexual Assault (2nd Edition, 2004)

HAZLET, NJ - It is with the assistance and commitment of our Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) volunteers that 180 Turning Lives Around (180) continues to provide the highest level of support and advocacy to sexual violence victims during their time of crisis. 180 is currently accepting applications for new SART advocates. Successful applicants will be invited to participate in the 50-hour mandatory training course being held September 19th - October 19th, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, 6:00pm-9:30pm, in the courtroom at Hazlet Township Police Headquarters, 255 Middle Road.

180’s specially-trained, confidential volunteer advocates are civilian members of the community who, in conjunction with law enforcement and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, provide emotional support and assistance to victims and their significant others during accompaniments for hospital medical examinations, and police and grand jury procedures. The volunteer advocates also provide telephone support and referral services in the areas of sexual violence awareness, crisis intervention, the medical and emotional needs of the sexual assault survivor, and the criminal justice system in relation to sexual violence. Prior knowledge of sexual violence is not required.

Basic requirements for volunteers to apply for this confidential victim advocacy program include that applicants must be eighteen years of age or older, have access to 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 mandatory training. 180 Turning Lives Around is committed to a culturally diverse team to better serve the community. Bi-lingual capability is helpful.   To obtain an application, please contact Sue Levine, Coordinator, Victim Support Program, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 732 264-4360, Ext. 4271.

For thirty-five years, 180 Turning Lives Around has been dedicated to providing shelter, counseling, protection, support, prevention, education, and advocacy for residents of Monmouth County who are affected by domestic violence and sexual violence. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence or sexual violence, you can call the 180 Confidential Hotline at 732 264-4111, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. For more information, visit www.180nj.org. In an emergency, dial 911.