DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESPONSE TEAM
The Evesham Township Police Department in collaboration with Providence House Domestic Violence Services of Catholic Charities, are currently recruiting volunteers for their Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT). Team member’s work in conjunction with police to provide victim support, information, and referral’s at the time of a domestic violence crisis.
Applicants must be:
• 18 years of age,
• Have access to transportation,
• Possess a valid driver’s license,
• Be willing to serve a minimum of four 12-hour shifts per month, and
• Submit to a background investigation, including fingerprinting.
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:
What is the Domestic Violence Response Team?
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.
Do I need specialized training?
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.
Are there special qualifications to become a member?
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
-No criminal history
-Good listening skills
How often will I be on-call?
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.
Why should I become a volunteer?
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