Domestic violence response team volunteers needed

| 15 Feb 2012 | 11:19

    Newton — Applications are currently being accepted for volunteers to join a regional domestic violence response team (DVRT) working with the Newton and Andover Police Departments and the NJ State Police in Augusta. This team of trained community members will respond to the police station immediately following an incident of domestic violence, assisting victims and their children by offering support, encouragement, information, and referrals. Volunteers work in partnership with law enforcement officers and domestic violence professionals, each partner bringing separate and distinct skills and expertise to the collaborative project. "DVRTs have been successfully established all over the state of New Jersey, and it is an area in which Sussex County is lacking," said Jamie Bernard, Executive Director of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Intervention Services. "The teams provide an opportunity for the community to come together and help end domestic violence and abuse." The application process includes submission of the application form, a personal interview, completion of a 40-hour training course, and reference and criminal background checks. The next DVRT volunteer training will begin in March 2012. Interested persons are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible to begin the process. Applications are available by contacting DASI at 973-579-2386 or