Domestic Violence Response Team
The Holmdel Police Department is actively recruiting volunteers to serve on the Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT). In affiliation with 180 Turning Lives Around (180), and with the assistance of the response team volunteers, the Holmdel 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 an intensive and free 40-hour mandatory training course for Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) volunteers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, April 29 through May 23, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m, in the Courtroom at Hazlet Police Headquarters, 255 Middle Road, Hazlet, NJ 07730. Applications are currently being accepted.
Citizens Collaborate with Law Enforcement
The volunteer advocates with 180's DVRT Program are civilian members of the community who work collaboratively with law enforcement to provide support, information and referrals to victims of domestic violence at Police Headquarters.
Advocates also discuss safety planning and legal rights with victims in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. By providing empathy and crucial perspective of the situation, these highly-trained advocates help empower victims to make informed decisions for themselves and their families.
Basic Requirements to Volunteer
To volunteer you 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 background investigations and fingerprinting, and successfully complete the mandatory training.
The Holmdel Police Department and 180 are committed to cultivating a culturally diverse team to better serve the community. Bi-lingual capability is helpful.
Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required.
Domestic Violence Response Team Services
In 2001 the Holmdel Police Department formed a Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT). The volunteer advocates with the DVRT Program are civilian members of the community who work in collaboration with the police to provide crisis intervention and safety planning to victims of domestic violence at Police Headquarters. The specially-trained advocates also discuss with the victim their legal rights in regard to obtaining a temporary restraining order.
The volunteer advocates help 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 is provided twice a year to successful applicants at no cost. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required. The services of the Holmdel Domestic Violence Response Team are available to victims, 24/7 at:
Holmdel Police Headquarters
4 Crawfords Corner Road
Holmdel, NJ 07733
The Holmdel Police Department is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on its Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT). In conjunction with 180 Turning Lives Around (180), and with the assistance of the response team volunteers, the Holmdel Police Department continues to make available this service to victims of domestic violence. See more information about the Program, or to volunteer, contact Lieutenant Michael Pigott at 732-946-9690, ext. 1742 or email Lieutenant Pigott.
180-Turning Lives Around
For more than 30 years, 180-Turning Lives Around has provided shelter, counseling, protection, support, prevention, education and advocacy services for residents of Monmouth County that are impacted 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 organization's 24-hour a day confidential hotline at 732-264-4111. For more information, visit the New Jersey 180 website.
In an emergency, always dial 911.
For More Information
Please contact Lieutenant Michael Pigott of the Holmdel Police Department, DVRT DVLO, at 732-946-9690 extension 1742 or reach out by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain an application or for additional information.