Applications Now Available for Fall Training Class

HAZLET, NJ - For over 30 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. Starting in October 2010, 180 will be conducting a training course for Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) volunteers. 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. The 40-hour intensive, mandatory training course will be provided to successful applicants at no cost. 180 will be conducting the four-week training October 18th – November 10th, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, 6:00-9:30pm, in the Asbury Park Municipal Courtroom, 1 Municipal Plaza on Main Street in Asbury Park. Parking is on-site in the municipal lot. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required.

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, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Brielle, Brookdale Community College, Colts Neck, Eatontown, Fair Haven, Freehold, 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, Oceanport, Red Bank, Rumson, Sea Bright, Sea Girt, Shrewsbury, Spring Lake Borough, Spring Lake Heights, Tinton Falls, Union Beach, 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 Tina Morgan, Southern Monmouth DVRT Coordinator, at 732 264-4360, Ext. 4272, 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, protection, support, prevention, education, and advocacy for residents of Monmouth County who are affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. 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, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. For more information, visit www.180nj.org. In an emergency, dial 911.