Training Begins April 4th

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 a 40-hour mandatory training course for new Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) volunteers April 4th-28th, Mondays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 6:00pm-9:30pm in the courtroom at Hazlet Police Headquarters, 255 Middle Road. The deadline to submit applications is March 17th. 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 specially-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 Tina Morgan, Assistant 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. 4272. Please mention the town where you reside.

The confidential services of the DVRT program are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, for victims of domestic violence at police departments throughout Monmouth County.

For forty-years, 180 Turning Lives Around has been dedicated to providing shelter, counseling, support, prevention, education, and advocacy in Monmouth County for those 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.