HAZLET, NJ - You can be the change you want to see in the world by joining 180’s life-changing mission today. 180 Turning Lives Around (180), a private non-profit organization in Monmouth County, continues to provide support and advocacy for victims of sexual 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 Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) training course for new volunteers June 7-30, Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 6:00pm-9:30pm, at Neptune Township Municipal Complex, 25 Neptune Boulevard.

180’s specially-trained, confidential Victim Advocates are members of the community who, in collaboration with county-wide law enforcement and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program, provide emotional support and assistance to victims and their significant-others during accompaniments for timely and sensitive hospital medical examinations, and police and grand jury procedures. The volunteers also provide telephone support, which includes at the time of crisis, addressing medical and emotional needs, information regarding the criminal justice system, and referrals for service. The advocates also provide support and advocacy to the survivor’s significant-other and adult survivors of childhood sexual assault.

Basic requirements for volunteers to apply include that applicants 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 fingerprinting and background checks, and successfully complete the mandatory training. 180 Turning Lives Around is committed to a culturally diverse team to better serve the community, so bi-lingual capability is helpful. Prior knowledge of or training in sexual violence is not required. To obtain an application, visit www.180nj.org or contact Tina Morgan, Assistant Victim Support Program Coordinator, at tinam@180nj.org or 732 264-4360, Ext. 4272.

For forty-years, 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 911.