The Hanover Township Police Department Seeks Volunteers for Domestic Violence
Response Team: Applications Available for Fall 2012 Training Session
The Hanover Township Police Department, in conjunction with Jersey Battered Women’s Service, (JBWS) 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 volunteer advocates, who are civilian members of the community, work in conjunction with the police to provide support, information, and referrals to victims of domestic violence at police headquarters. The advocates also discuss with the victim their legal rights in regard to obtaining a Temporary Restraining Order. DVRT volunteers, whose identities are kept anonymous, are available 24-hours a day to meet with victims. The volunteer advocates are trained to empower victims to make decisions about their own lives.
Applicants must be 25 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. Jersey Battered Women’s Service will be conducting two training options from mid-September to early November in the Morristown area. A daytime course is available on Fridays between September 21st and October 26th. The evening class will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings with one Saturday class beginning September 18th. Prior knowledge of domestic violence is not required.
The Hanover Township Police Department and JBWS are committed to culturally diverse teams to better serve the community. Bi-lingual capability in Spanish or a South Asian language are a plus.
To request a DV Crisis Response Team (CRT) application, please contact the Crisis Response Team Manager at 973-267-7520 ext 216.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you can stop by the Hanover Township Police Headquarters at anytime and ask to speak to a domestic violence victim advocate. In an emergency, dial 911.
For over thirty-years, Jersey Battered Women’s Service, a private non-profit organization, has been dedicated to providing shelter, counseling, protection, support, prevention, education, and advocacy for residents of Morris County who are affected by domestic abuse and sexual assault. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse, you can call the Jersey Battered Women’s Service Confidential Domestic Violence Hotline at 973+267-4763 or 1-877-RU-ABUSED, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. For more information about Jersey Battered Women’s Service, visit www.jbws.org.