HAZLET, NJ - For thirty-five years, 180-Turning Lives Around (180), a private non-profit organization, has been dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual violence, which affects our community. It is with the assistance and dedication of our response team volunteers that 180 continues to provide support and advocacy to victims during their time of crisis. 180 will be conducting a four-week, forty-hour training course for Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) volunteers April 16th – May 9th, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 6:00pm-9:30pm, in the courtroom at Hazlet Police Headquarters, 255 Middle Road.  Applications are currently being accepted for the program and interviews will begin shortly.

The volunteer advocates with 180’s DVRT program are civilian members of the community who work in conjunction with the police to provide support, information, and referrals to victims of domestic violence at police headquarters.  The advocates also discuss with the victim their legal rights in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. The volunteer advocates are highly-trained to empower victims to make decisions about their own lives. The identities of the DVRT volunteers are kept anonymous. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required. The 40-hour intensive, mandatory training course will be provided to successful applicants at no cost.

The services of the Domestic Violence Response Team program are available to victims 24-hours a day, 7-days a week at the following police headquarters in Monmouth County: Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Asbury Park, Avon-By-The-Sea, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Brielle, Brookdale Community College, Colts Neck, Eatontown, Englishtown, Fair Haven, Freehold Township, Hazlet, Highlands, Holmdel, Howell, Keansburg, Keyport, Lake Como, Little Silver, Long Branch, Manalapan, Manasquan, Marlboro, Matawan, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Neptune, Neptune City, NJ State Police Holmdel Station and Ft. Monmouth Substation, Oceanport, Red Bank, Rumson, Sea Bright, Sea Girt, Shrewsbury Borough, Spring Lake Borough, Spring Lake Heights, Tinton Falls, Union Beach, US Naval Station Earle, Wall, and West Long Branch.

Basic requirements for volunteers to apply include that applicants must be 18 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 the mandatory training.  The police departments and 180 Turning Lives Around are committed to culturally diverse teams to better serve the community. Bi-lingual capability is helpful.  For an application or additional information, please contact Sue Levine, Victim Support Program Coordinator at 732 264-4360, Ext. 4271, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

180 Turning Lives Around is dedicated to providing shelter, counseling, 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 Turning Lives Around Confidential Hotline at 732-264-4111 or 888-843-9262, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. For more information, visit www.180nj.org. In an emergency, dial 911.