Domestic Violence Response TeamOne in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. A few hours of your time can make a difference in someone’s life! Are you willing to be part of the solution?
The City of Burlington, Burlington Township, and Florence Township 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.
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 background investigations, including fingerprinting.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is the DVRT?
The DVRT 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.
2. 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.
3. 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
4. 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.
5. 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
6. How do I become a volunteer?
You obtain further information on becoming a DVRT member by:
1. Filling out the form below,
2. Contacting Detective Anna Czajka of the City of Burlington Police Department at (609) 386-0262 x. 274,
3. Picking up an application at the City of Burlington Police Department. Refer to the “Contact Us” section for information on our location, or
4. By contacting the DVRT Coordinator at Providence House of Catholic Charities at (856) 824-0599.
If you are ready to fill out and application, you may download it here: DVRT Application
Completed applications can be forward to Detective Czajka by attaching below, dropping them off at the City of Burlington Police Department, or by post to City of Burlington Police Department Attn: Detective Anna Czajka 525 High Street Burlington, New Jersey 08016.
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.
IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS SUFFERING FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, PLEASE CALL:
THE NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE at 1-800-799-7233
THE NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT HOTLINE AT 1-800-656-4673
THE NATIONAL TEEN DATING ABUSE HOTLINE AT 1-866-331-9474