MIDDLETOWN, NJ - October was proclaimed as Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the Middletown Township Committee meeting October 18th. One in five female high school students report being physically or sexually abused by their dating partner. Eighty percent of girls in abusive relations will continue to stay in that relationship.

Middletown High School North faculty and student civic leaders attended the meeting to accept the proclamation. The group is presenting a program on relationship abuse to all high school seniors on October 20th. The day includes an assembly program, information sessions with agencies including 180 Turning Lives Around, Prevention First, Middletown Police, Middletown Domestic Violence Response Team, Child Advocacy Center and Planned Parenthood; exhibits, a defense class for girls and a Walk in HER shoes event for boys.

Domestic Violence Response Team
Middletown’s Domestic Violence Response Team consists of specially-trained volunteer advocates who work in conjunction with the police to provide support, information, referrals, and a safety plan to the victim at the time of crisis. The DVRT volunteer advocates are available to meet confidentially with domestic violence victims at police headquarters 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The advocates also discuss with the victim their legal rights in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order.

180-Turning Lives Around, a private non-profit organization, 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, you can call the 180-Turning Lives Around confidential domestic violence hotline at 732 264-4111, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. In an emergency, dial 911.