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Domestic Violence Response Team

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Domestic Violence Response Team?
Do I need specialized training?
Are there special qualifications to become a member?
How often will I be on-call?
Why should I become a volunteer?
How do I become a volunteer?

 

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 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.


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.


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
-Available transportation
-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 four 12-hour shifts per month. During that time, you will be required to respond to the police station 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


How do I become a volunteer?
Contact (your team DVLO’s information here) or the DVRT Coordinator at Providence House of Catholic Charities 856-904-0599.  If you are ready to fill out an application, you may download it here. (add a link to the application) You will submit the completed application to the police department at which time a background investigation will be done.  If you are eligible to work as a partner-in-service with the police, you will be contacted for an interview.  After the interview process you may be invited to participate in the training process.

 

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