Domestic Violence Response Team
Our Mission Statement
To educate the community on the cycle of violence and provide the tools and resources to break that cycle, and create peace within the family.
Domestic Violence Response Program (DVRT)
The DVRT is a twenty-four hour a day, seven-day a week program created to assist victims of domestic abuse. Team members will be called upon by the local Police to assist victims at the police station by providing them with support and information. The goal of the program is to provide victims with the knowledge to make informed decisions based upon the options available to them.
APPLICANTS MUST BE:
A 40-hour mandatory training course is required and will be provided to successful applicants. The course is held over a six-week period, during evening hours, and includes observations at Superior Court in Mount Holly. There is no fee for the course.
Frequently Asked Questions:
The Domestic Violence Response Team is a twenty-four hour a day, seven-day a week program created to assist victims of domestic abuse. Team members will be called upon by the local Police to meet with victims at the police department or hospital. Volunteers are NEVER asked to respond to the scene of the abuse. The goal of the program is to provide victims with the knowledge to make informed decisions based upon the options available to them.
Yes, Providence House will provide training to you at no charge. As a team member volunteer, you will initially receive forty hours of training, conducted over a six to eight week period. This training will give you an understanding of what domestic violence is all about and leave you prepared to respond and provide assistance to victims. In addition, there will be quarterly trainings to continue your development as a responder.
Applicants must possess minimal qualifications; no experience is necessary. The following is a list of the minimum standards:
- 18 years of age or older
- Resident or employed in Burlington County
- Valid New Jersey driver’s license
- Available transportation
- No criminal history
- Good listening skills
With a full running staff, the response team will need volunteers to be on call at least four 12-hour shifts per month. During that time, you will be required to respond to the police station or hospital within 20 minutes, as needed. You will schedule your availability with the team leader.
By volunteering for the DVRT, you will…..
- Make a difference in the lives of others
- Help break the cycle of domestic violence in your community
- Have a very fulfilling and rewarding experience
- Establish working relationships with local police and local service providers
- Learn useful skills
- Be a positive role model
- Make your free time worthwhile