Domestic Violence Response Team
For over 40 years, 180 Turning Lives Around (180), a private non-profit organization has been dedicated to providing emergency safe housing support, counseling, advocacy, education, and prevention in Monmouth County for individuals and families affected by domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking.
Aberdeen Township Police Department is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on the Bayshore Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT). In affiliation with 180, and with the assistance of the response team volunteers, Aberdeen Twp. Police Department continues to make this service available to victims of domestic violence during the initial stages of a highly emotional and traumatic experience. 180 will be conducting the mandatory 40-hour training course for new DVRT volunteers on April 20th to May 13, Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 6 to 9:30 pm remotely via zoom. Applications are currently being accepted.
The volunteer advocates with 180’s DVRT Program are civilian members of the community who work collaboratively with law enforcement to provide confidential support, information, and resources to victims of domestic violence at Aberdeen Twp. Police Headquarters. Advocates also discuss with victim’s safety planning and their legal rights in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. By providing support 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 transportations
- 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
- Successfully complete the mandatory training
- Attend a monthly supervisory meeting
Aberdeen Township Police Department and 180 are committed to a socially and culturally diverse team 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.
Reach Out About Volunteering
Please email Sergeant Darrell Oliver, Aberdeen Township Police Department DVRT DVLO, or call 732-583-4200, ext. 762. You can also email Tina Morgan, Assistant Victim Support Program Coordinator, or call 732-264-4360, ext. 4272 to obtain an application or for additional information.
If you, or someone you know, is in need of assistance, please call 180’s Confidential Domestic Violence Hotline at 732-264-4111 or 888-843-9262, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. You can also visit 180's website for more information. In an emergency, dial 911.