The Willingboro Police Departments in collaboration with Providence House Domestic Violence Services of Catholic Charities, are currently recruiting volunteers for their Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT). Team members work in conjunction with the police to provide victim support, information, and referral at the time of a domestic violence crisis.
A 40-hour mandatory intensive 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. An understanding of domestic violence issues is a plus, as is any bilingual capability.
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.
Yes, training will be provided to you by Providence House 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.
Applicants must possess minimal qualifications; no experience is necessary. The following is a list of the minimum standards:
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.
By volunteering for the DVRT, you will:
Contact Sgt. Norfo (Willingboro Police) at 609-877-3001 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. 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.