Domestic Violence Crisis Team
Providing support to domestic violence victims
222 South 5th Avenue
Ph: (732) 572-3800 ext. 4222
The Highland Park Police Department Seeks Volunteers for Domestic Violence Response Team.
The Highland Park Police Department, in conjunction with Women Aware, Inc., has a team of specially-trained volunteer advocates available to meet confidentially with victims of domestic violence at police headquarters 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
The advocates of the Highland Park Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) work in conjunction with the police to provide support, information, referrals, and a safety plan to victims at their time of crisis. The advocates, who are civilian members of the community, also advise the victim about their legal rights in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order.
The volunteers are specially trained to empower victims to make decisions about their own lives. 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, and submit to background investigations and fingerprinting. The 40-hour intensive mandatory training course will be provided to successful applicants free of charge. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required. Bi-lingual capability is a plus, but not required.
For almost thirty years, Women Aware, Inc. a private non-profit organization, has been dedicated to providing shelter, counseling, protection, support, prevention, education, and advocacy for residents of Middlesex County who are affected by domestic violence. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you can stop by Highland Park Police Headquarters, at anytime, and ask to speak to a domestic violence victim advocate. In an emergency, dial 911. You can also call the Women Aware, Inc. confidential domestic violence 24-hour hotline at 732-249-4504. For more information about Women Aware, Inc., please visitwww.womenaware.net.