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How you can help - Become a Volunteer!

The North Union County Regional Domestic Violence Response Team is a volunteer organization that assists victims of domestic violence. Anyone who wishes to volunteer is required to complete an application. The applicant will then be screened by the Police Department and then interviewed by the response team coordinator and/or designee. Applicants need to possess a valid NJ driver’s license and have their own transportation to any of the four police headquarters for assistance calls. Applicants that have criminal records or have been convicted of domestic violence offenses may be denied acceptance into the training. Other conditions may prevent applicants approval may include but are not limited to psychiatric or medical problems, lack of transportation, inability to read, write and clearly speak and understand the English language, alcohol or drug abuse problems, or any other issue that will interfere with the applicants ability to assist a domestic violence victim.

All response team members must attend 40 hours of training conducted during evening hours. Once mandatory training is completed, the new team members respond to calls to police headquarters with veteran team members until the field training is completed. Once the new team member is trained, he/she is put “on-call” during either a day shift running from 6am to 6pm or the night shift from 6pm to 6am. The average team member will be “on-call” a few times per month. While the team member is “on-call”, he/she is accessible by phone or pager and the police department will call the team member to respond when a victim is in police headquarters and needs someone to help them. The team members are expected to respond immediately when “on-call”. When assisting a victim of domestic violence, the team member explains all options to the victim and helps them with the process involved on receiving help either through a restraining order, a shelter, counseling groups, or any other options available. The response team assists all victims of domestic violence regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background or race.
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