Domestic Violence Response Teams (DVRT)
DVRT Teams are composed of trained citizens who respond to the police departments on an “on-call” basis. All volunteers go through a rigorous screening process followed by an intensive 40-hours of training. Upon successful completion of the training, volunteers are able to speak to victims in a confidential nature. Additionally, individual supervision is provided to volunteers within 24-hours of their call-out.
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Camden, Cumberland & Gloucester County
Services Empowering Rights of Victims (SERV)
Are you interested in becoming a NJ Certified Volunteer Domestic Violence Response Team Advocate?
Our next 60-hour training program will take place in person: Tuesday and Thursday, 9/5, 9/7, 9/12, 9/14, 9/19, 9/21,9/26, 9/28 10/3 10/5 and ending on 10/10 From 5pm to 9pm in Bridgeton, NJ With 16 on-line hours to be completed by end of training
Please RSVP by Sept 5th 2017 to:
Volunteer Services Advocate
856-696-7193 x 105
- 18 years old or older
- Complete a 60 hour in-person/online training
- Commit to on-call responsibility with access to a vehicle
- Dedicate a year of service under the supervision of the Volunteer Supervisor
- Attend 6 volunteer meetings/trainings per year
- Provide support that is compassionate, empathetic, and victim-centered
Center for Family Services, SERV program, is the designated sexual violence advocacy program for Camden, Cumberland, and Gloucester Counties and the domestic violence advocacy program for Cumberland and Gloucester Counties. Our volunteers respond to hospitals and police departments and assist the victims of these crimes during their time of need.
Team members will work in conjunction with police to provide support and information to victims of domestic violence who may need assistance in making educated decisions that positively affect the individual and their family.
In 2015, DVRT volunteers provided referral counseling and emotional support to 579 people who were affected by domestic violence. In that same year, 85 people were supported by the Sexual Assault Support Services Advocate Team (SASS).
Training for the DVRT is scheduled to begin the first week in March. Team members will learn how to remain sensitive to the needs of victims and their children, how to provide swift, safe and appropriate responses to people affected by domestic violence, and they’ll receive specialized training in regards to laws concerning domestic violence.
- be 18 years of age
- possess a valid driver’s license and available transportation
- have no criminal record
- attend mandatory training and monthly meetings
- have the ability to communicate well with others and be sensitive to victims’ feelings
Bilingual individuals and people fluent in American Sign Language are encouraged to apply.
Anyone interested in being a volunteer should contact the DVRT coordinator Heidi Mueller at 609-394-0136. Applications must be received by February 5. For further information email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Intervention (DASI)
DASI is currently recruiting for members of its Domestic Violence Response Team. please contact soon to enroll!
All inquiries should be submitted to Jess Minnick: email@example.com