HAZLET, NJ - 180 Turning Lives Around (180), a private non-profit organization in Monmouth County, continues to provide 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. 180 will be conducting an intensive 40-hour mandatory training course for Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) volunteers April 22nd – May 16th, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 6:00pm-9:30pm, in the courtroom at Hazlet Police Headquarters, 255 Middle Road in Hazlet. Applications are currently being accepted. Training will be provided to successful applicants.

180’s Volunteer DVRT Advocates are civilian members of the community who work collaboratively with law enforcement to provide support, information, and referrals to victims of domestic violence at police headquarters. Advocates also discuss with victims safety planning and their legal rights in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. By providing empathy and crucial perspective of the situation, these highly-trained advocates help to empower victims to make informed decisions for themselves and their families.

Basic requirements for volunteers to apply include that they must be eighteen 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 diverse teams to better serve the community, so bi-lingual 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, please contact Sue Levine, Victim Support Program Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 732 264-4360, Ext. 4271. Please mention the town in which you live.

The confidential services of the Domestic Violence Response Team program are available 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, NJ State Police Fort Monmouth Substation, Oceanport, Red Bank, Rumson, Sea Bright, Sea Girt, Shrewsbury Borough, Spring Lake Borough, Spring Lake Heights, Tinton Falls, Union Beach, US Naval Weapons Station Earle, Wall, and West Long Branch.

Since 1976, 180 Turning Lives Around has been 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 9-1-1.